City gets second composting machine under organic agri program

BAGUIO CITY – The city government on Thursday received another Composting Facility on Biodegradable Waste (CFBW) from the Bureau of Soils and Water Management of the Dept. of Agriculture under its National Organic Agriculture Program (NOAP).

Mayor Mauricio Domogan and General Services Officer Eugene Buyucan accepted the facility composed of one unit rotary composter and a shredding machine worth P1 million from BSWMN Soil and Water Coordinator for Cordillera Diosdado Jose.

It will be placed at the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) station of the city at Irisan barangay along with the first unit earlier awarded the city and the two ERS machines.

The mayor also signed a memorandum of agreement with the BSWM and the DA Regional Field Unit which stipulates that the city should record monthly accomplishment on the progress of operation, production and utilization of the facility.

Jose said the CFBW can process 500 kg of biodegradable wastes in one week.

The mayor said the facility is a big help to the city's waste management program by supplementing the operation of the two ERS machines currently working at maximum capacity of 26 tons per day.

Buyucan said the fertilizers produced are being distributed to requesting barangays and used in the city's parks.

This is while the city is working out the bidding of the organic produce by a private company.

The NOAP of the BSWM aims to strengthen institutional capacity of local government units to produce organic fertilizers or compost, promote extensive use of both organic fertilizers ad bio-fertilizers in crop production

To avail of the facility, LGU beneficiaries must have sufficient volume of raw materials for composting such as vegetable trimmings, overly ripe fruits and other biodegradable materials, readily available source of water and electricity, existing materials recovery facility and are willing to provide counterpart (labor, land and manpower) and are willing to be trained and sustain compost production and its utilization.

Jose said their office has provided hundreds of units in several areas in the region since the program was instituted in 2003. – Aileen P. Refuerzo

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