THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has turned over a boat for collecting thrash to the municipal government of Rosario in Cavite on Friday.
Rosario Mayor Jose “Nonong” Ricafrente Jr. and Engr. Marconi Austria of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office received the boat through a deed of donation in a ceremony held at Isla Bonita.
DENR Regional Director Reynulfo Juan, representing Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje, said the boat was purchased by its Manila Bay Coordinating Office to help local government units (LGUs) clean up their coastal bay area of floating trash and implement solid waste management.
The agreement is for the LGU to provide the manpower and funds for the operation and maintenance of the boat The LGU will also collect garbage at least twice a week or as needed, submit to the DENR Site Management Office a report on the volume and composition of the collected trash, keep a record maintenance service of the boat and ensure proper disposal of garbage as required under Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.
The 30-foot long boat worth more than P1.7 million has a flat bottom for stability and is designed to be operated in small waterways. It is equipped with a rotating rake-like device that can scoop up to three tons of garbage floating at a maximum depth of three feet. The garbage is dumped onto the deck, where it is manually segregated into sorting bins before being transported to the appropriate disposal facility.