The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Shared Service Facility (SSF) Project rolled out a bio-composting facility to be operated by the Municipal Government of Mendez, Cavite which will produce 180,000 kilograms of organic compost and bio-liquid fertilizers for the year.

About 50 members of the Modern Farmers Association of Mendez will be the direct beneficiaries of the Mendez Ecological Processing Center. Other sectors that would benefit from the project are vegetable, fish and poultry vendors grouped into clusters; food service providers (carinderia, restaurants, etc.); the more than 5,000 households in Mendez, and traders of organic compost fertilizers.

Mendez, primarily an agricultural town, is being considered for development prospects that would attract investors in leisure and entertainment, and ecotourism. Faced with the challenge, the municipal government initiated programs, among them eco-waste management to encourage farming especially to the unemployed youth.

The aim of the eco-waste management program is to reduce solid wastes dumped and accumulated in the landfill, at the same time produce organic compost which can be a source of alternative livelihood. The expected effort is multi-pronged: providing balance between economic growth and ecological stability; entrepreneurship; and creating jobs for 30 individuals mostly from the small-to-backyard farmers’ group.

With its increasing population, Mendez generates 7 tons of garbage daily of which more than half is compostable. Currently, solid wastes are being collected and dumped in a sanitary landfill with no processes being done aside from the segregation. The bio-composting facility will reduce 56% of the solid waste and convert into organic compost fertilizer which can be used by local farmers at a more affordable price.

Wastes of market vendors grouped in clusters will be processed, of which 50% of processed products shall be given back to the clusters satisfying to a certain extend the compost needs of those with agribusiness ventures. The remaining half will be retained at the eco processing center.

Cavite Provincial Director Noly Guevara said that DTI is keen on the potential micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to be created as well as the benefits to the farmers who will use organic compost instead of synthetic fertilizers.

Mayor Fredderick Vida accepted the machinery and equipment from DTI offering as the Mendez Municipality’s counterpart the lot with the building yet to be completed to house the facility. He expressed an expectation for the project to restore the lost interest of the younger generation for farming, likewise, to strengthen the system being currently coordinated with the barangay officials for a full (100%) waste segregation.

“This would be the start of a new partnership with various government agencies for a better Mendez. The SSF Program will definitely play a major role for us to achieve our goals for a safer, healthier and cleaner environment”, Vida said. (END)