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Check turn-over to LGU-Iligan

Over the past years, Iligan City has been facing issues regarding waste collection as its population continues to grow. Though the city promotes strict waste segregation throughout its 44 barangays, its Central Material Recovery Facility (CMRF) is still having difficulty in handling wastes coming from the different Barangay Materials Recovery Facilities (BMRF) due to the increasing volume of garbage collected per day.

To address this pressing need, the Local Government Unit of Iligan partnered with the Department of Science and Technology - Lanao del Norte to acquire waste management equipment and enhance the city's waste management processes.

DOST-X turned over a check amounting to Php 501,600.00 to LGU-Iligan for the project entitled “Technology Support through Provision of Waste Shredding Machines and Dual Drum Composters for Waste Management of Iligan City, Lone District” on January 15, 2021.

The DOST-Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST)-funded project aims to provide two (2) units of Dual Drum Composter and two (2) units of Organic Waste Shredder to two barangays in the city: Barangay San Miguel and Barangay Tomas Cabili. It also aims to improve the city’s waste recovery efforts through process improvement.

The Dual Drum Composter is a small-scale motorized composter developed for managing 100kg of biodegradable solid waste. It follows a standardized process with compost as the end product. DOST-Industrial Technology and Development Institute (ITDI) developed this equipment to enhance biodegradable waste management in the country.

Both the DOST-X and LGU-Iligan envisioned the project to minimize wastes by converting them to usable and value-added products, accelerate the decomposition of solid wastes, and intensify the city’s implementation of solid waste management.

“We are hoping that this project will serve as a model on solid waste management for the other barangays in Iligan City to follow.”, said DOST-LDN OIC-Provincial Director Gerrylou Sweet M. Pia. (Richelle Gonida and Julie Anne Baculio, DOST-X)