SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: The engineered sanitary landfill here in Barangay Mameltac are turning garbage, like thrown-away furniture, used construction wood materials, drift woods and bamboo cuttings, into coal briquettes and marketed for cooking.
This income generating project (IGP), launched in 59 barangays here, is aimed at providing an additional livelihood for residents and supplementing their income as the city continue with its drive to become a regional center by 2020.
Celso Jucutan, landfill operations manager, said the project not only helps in protecting the environment and reducing the volume of solid wastes in the city but also provides an alternative source of income for many.
The briquettes are usually made from compacted and processed burnt bamboo, wood debris and other materials.
Mayor Pablo Ortega and the city council allotted P50,000 for each of the participating community to help them maintain quality control and improve their facilities, tools and implements.
Ortega added that the IGP in the barangays can also boost the investments in the city as the local entrepreneurs participate in exhibits and exposures nationwide.
Catalino Silao, Mameltac barangay captain, said the IGP in his barangay can greatly help the indigents in his barangay. The identified indigents are also beneficiaries of the government’s cash transfer program.
Silao said a kilo of coal briquette is sold P15 in the market.
Earlier, the Shared Service Facility (SSF) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) gave P900,000 worth in tools and equipment, like carbonizers, pulvorizers, mixers and molding machine or briquettor, aside from the trainings and seminar workshops.
Jucutan added that these project is also a social development project for the Sanitary Landfill and barangay stakeholders.