Eighteen municipalities from Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque,
Romblon, and Palawan received financial grants from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) MIMAROPA Region on June 15 at Cherry Blossoms Hotel in Ermita, Manila.
Ten of these municipalities received funding assistance worth P200, 000 on the Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) for Public Markets. These municipalities include Boac of Marinduque; Narra, Aborlan, Bataraza, and Roxas of Palawan; Puerto Galera and Calapan City of Oriental Mindoro; Calatrava of Romblon; and San Jose and Mamburao of Occidental Mindoro.
Meanwhile, seven municipalities became the recipients of financial grants amounting to P500, 000 for the establishment of Materials Recovery Facility with Shredder. These include Sta. Cruz of Occidental Mindoro; Magdiwang and Ferrol of Romblon; Puerto Princesa City of Palawan; and Socorro and Pola of Oriental Mindoro.
On the other hand, Busuanga of Palawan received financial assistance worth P500, 000 for the establishment of MRF without shredder.
Municipal mayors from Occidental Mindoro who attended the signing of the MOA are Hon. Meriam Quijano of Sta. Cruz, Hon. Romulo Festin of San Jose, and Hon. Angelina Tria of Mamburao. Honorable Leandro Panganiban of Pola, and Hon. Rockey Ilagan of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro were also present in the event. Palawan mayors in the signing are Hon. Elizabeth Cervantes of Busuanga, Hon. Lucena Demaala of Narra, Hon. Jaime Ortega of Aborlan, and Hon. Maria Angela Sabando of Roxas.
Meanwhile, LGU heads from Romblon who attended the event include Hon. Denisa Repizo of Magdiwang, Hon. Jovencio Mayor of Ferrol, and Hon. Marieta Babera of Calatraya. The said financial assistance comes as a part of the Republic Act 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 which provides for an ecological solid waste management program, creating the necessary institutional mechanisms and incentives, declaring certain acts prohibited and providing penalties, appropriating funds therefor, and for other purposes.