Thus, the general welfare is the sum of all local government initiatives.
Like we said, the task of saving the environment and stopping climate change on its tracks must start with LGUs – the frontline providers of public service.
Two LGUs are showing the way in the campaign to preserve ecological balance and addressing global warming.
The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines should take the cue from the examples set by Pampanga and Pasig City.
Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda on Monday led the launch of MacKay Green Energy’s P2.8-billion turbine plant in Sta. Catalina village designed to convert garbage in Central Luzon into electricity.
Pineda welcomed James Mackay, chairman, praising the company for choosing the province to be the first in using the technology which, the governor said, should not pose any public hazard.
“Notwithstanding a permit granted, I will personally see its facility in Germany and see to it that no danger is posed to life, property, and, more importantly, the environment,” she was quoted by a major broadsheet as saying in Filipino.
In earlier reports to the media, MacKay Green Energy described the technology as capable of processing about 300 tons of garbage to produce 150 tons of trash-derived fuel to generate green electricity.
In a statement, the company said “enough RDF is recovered to produce 22 MWs of green electricity” from the Lubao Power Plant.
“Project funding, in excess of $60 million will be arranged by MGE,” said the firm, noting that the facility would be established at no cost to the government “provided that all the required approvals are received by end-August 2011, MGE expects completion and commissioning of the facility before June 2012”.
The provincial government allocates about P500 million annually to collect solid waste from different localities for dumping in Kalangitan, Capas, Tarlac.
“We adress the ever-growing problem of landfills by removing the need for them,” said MGE president and chief executive Terry Brown.
Meanwhile, expressing strong commitment to integrate bicycling in the transport system, the Pasig City government started to give financial assistance to its city hall employees to avail themselves of bicycles for use in going to work.
The Bicycle Transportation Promotion Ordinance, authored by councilors Augustin Alexee Santiago, Christian Sia, Reynaldo San Buenaventura II, Loran Bernardo, and Charmie Benavides, was recently passed by the city council.
Pasig City Mayor Robert Eusebio lauded the passage of the ordinance, saying: “Being a green city, there is a need to promote the use of non-motorized transportation like bicycles and also taking into consideration the healthy effect of biking to one’s health.”
He said the Bike-to-Work program is also in line with the city motto “Pasig, Green City.”
Encouraging more than a hundred cyclists, Eusebio noted that apart from saving on transport fare, bike riding is good for one’s fitness and well-being aside from keeping the air clean and the environment pollution-free.