2016 - 2019 : Solid Waste Management

Environmental Sanitation involves activities aimed at improving or maintaining the standard of basic environmental conditions which include efficient; safe animal, human & industrial waste disposal and adequate housing in clean and safe surroundings. 

In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Sustainable Developmental Goal (SDG) 6 aims to provide access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all while SDG 12 aims to reduce waste generation through reduction, recycling and reusing as one of their targets respectively.

Solid waste management is one of the basic essential services provided by the government to keep the community clean. However, among the remote provinces, the service is not much of a concern which has led to unsanitary living conditions impacting the general welfare of the people.

The Municipality of Sergio OsmeƱa, Zamboanga Del Norte Province is one of several places which has no proper sanitary landfills for its municipal wastes. Its dumpsite is located in Barangay Venus where different types of unsegregated wastes are thrown, and collection of garbages had no schedule. The Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) with the local council, which are tasked to manage the solid management in the barangay and the municipality as a whole, have been implementing their projects but with no urgency.

            Thus, the team together with the community formulated a comprehensive plan with the objective of increasing the number of households that practice proper waste segregation from 218 out of 294 (74%) to 267 (90%). As of April 2019, the team has reached their target and even more, stretched it to 100%.

The ADZU-SOM students envisioned a community who cooperates and participates actively in maintaining an effective and sustainable environmental sanitation programs on solid waste management. Initially, the group conducted a 3 – day Waste Analysis and Characterization Study (WACS), followed by a community assembly to discuss the problem on solid waste management and schemes of solution to address it. The results of the WACS was discussed with the Barangay council and key personnel of the community like the MENRO, Municipal Sanitary Inspector, Purok leaders, and local organizations. A Barangay Solid Waste Management Committee (BSWMC) was organized before the implementation for easy mobilization of activities. Seven (7) functional Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) were constructed as the main projects of the team. Four (4) corn-shaped Bottle Recovery Facilities were also constructed as a novel infrastructure in the barangay. Series of health education on proper waste segregation and pit composting were done through lectures, audiovisual presentations and distribution of pamphlets and booklets. Recycling activities were also conducted primarily among students of Venus Elementary School (VES) and through the Christmas tree –making contest during the Disco sa Pasko in the barangay.

For the programs to become sustainable, the team coordinated with the Local Government Unit (LGU) and DOST – Dipolog for the procurement of a plastic shredder, densifier and a bioreactor for the ecological sanitation park also located at the barangay. The Municipality of Sergio Osmena is the first among the municipalities under the first district to procure the said items. As an initiative to address biodegradable wastes, the residents were also mobilized to construct clusters of compost pits.

Formulation of a garbage collection scheme and coordination with a local junkshop was initiated. This is to address the disposal of PET bottles from the Bottle Recovery Facilities located in each purok centers of the barangay. Social contracts between twenty-three (23) storeowners and local junkshop collector was done for the disposal of recyclable items. Informative signages were installed on different strategic areas with posters on each sari-sari stores and laminated stickers on each household to signify those who practice proper waste segregation. Finally, strengthening of an existing barangay ordinance on waste disposal and an additional barangay ordinance on the use of eco bags during market days play a huge part in sustaining the programs in solid waste management.





We are nine (9) passionate, dedicated and goal-oriented medical students with diverse personalities who came together to achieve one goal. We are an all-scholar group with the intention to serve God and His people. For the next four years in the medical school, we have a vision to help the people in the community to become self-reliant. Through community participation and cooperation, everything can be achieved. We choose to serve the community. We choose to serve Venus. | web counter hits


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