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Bauko stakeholders agree on disposal of pesticide bottles
by PIA-Mountain Province

BAUKO, Mountain Province – Officials and residents here are hoping that there will no longer be improper disposal of containers of pesticides and fertilizers in this vegetable-producing town.

The municipal government led  by Mayor Abraham Akilit, the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA), officials of the town’s 22 barangays, representatives of pesticide and fertilizer companies, and other suppliers of pesticides and fertilizers in this municipality recently signed a memorandum of agreement for the proper disposal of pesticide and fertilizer containers.

A waste analysis and characterization study showed that the municipality, along with its agriculture and other economic activities, is producing 300 kilograms of special wastes per day, which is intolerable. Toxic wastes from pesticides and chemical fertilizer containers left unattended contribute to the volume of wastes in the town.

For the proper disposal of the toxic wastes of pesticide and fertilizer containers, the parties agreed on certain terms and conditions.

The municipal government shall issue an executive order on the prompt and strict implementation of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and RA 6969 or the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990, among other related laws, specifically on the collection of pesticide and fertilizer containers for a sustainable solid waste management in the municipality; anf mandate all barangays in the collection of pesticide and fertilizer containers and bring these to the assigned collection center where the garbage bins are situated.

It will also impose fines to offenders, cancel or refuse renewal of business permit of a local dealer/supplier who continuously refuses to provide appropriate trash bins with cover for walk-in clients, ban the sale of products of non-compliant suppliers at least after three warnings, and oblige pesticide and fertilizer suppliers to provide and set up trash bins in a designated area agreed upon with the barangay officials.

Barangays shall designate collection centers for temporary storage of pesticide and chemical fertilizer containers to be retrieved by pesticide and fertilizer companies on a regular basis.

They will also mandate pesticide users to do the “triple rinse” of pesticides containers before bringing these to the collection center, among other tasks.

For its part, the FPA shall update the municipal government on FPA matters; mediate conflicts among the stakeholders; assist municipal government in the information, education, and communication campaign on fertilizers and pesticides issues; and facilitate continuing education on the proper use and disposal of toxic waste from containers.

Pesticides and fertilizer companies shall retrieve regularly from the barangay collection stations the pesticide and chemical fertilizer containers for proper disposal, and provide enough trash bins to all barangays for the collection of the containers.

They shall also conduct regular training on proper use, handling, and disposal of toxic garbage.

Thirty pesticide and fertilizer companies have been listed in the MOA but only 21 of them signed the document.

Dr. Natividad T. Orprecio of the Department of Health provincial office said the companies that did not sign are banned from selling their products in the municipality.

The FPA was represented in the MOA by Executive Director Wilfredo C. Roldan.


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