COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 30, 2007) – US and Philippine officials have signed an agreement that would strengthen the local solid waste management program.
Mayor Muslimin Sema, of Cotabato city, signed the agreement with representatives of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Growth for Equity in Mindanao (GEM) and the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Foremost in the agreement is the reconstitution of the City Solid Waste Management Board for the proper implementation of a Ten-Year Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan.
“The project has been most awaited for. It will serve the interest of the local government of Cotabato City, particularly in the efforts to address environmental problems,” Sema, a former Moro rebel leader-turned politician, said.
Just this year, Sema also signed a 3-year contract worth P40 million for waste management project with Accion Contra El Hambre and Handicap International-Philippines. The project is bankrolled by the European Commission thru its Asia Pro-Eco Programme. (Abdullah Cusain)