The city government of Tacloban through its City Envi- ronment and Natural Resources Office, is playing host to agriculturists and environmentalists from different provinces of the country on composting community wastes.(TACLOBAN CITY INFORMATION OFFICE)

TACLOBAN CITY-To strengthen the institutional capacities of local government units (LGUs) in composting community waste and to reduce farmers’ reliance on commercial fertilizers, agriculturists, and representatives from different provinces in the region had a series of hands-on training in this city.
The training on Capacity Enhancement on the Operations of Composting Facility for Biodegradable Waste (CFBW) conducted at the city’s Materials Recovery Facility, was spearheaded by Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center 8, in partnership with Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), an attached agency of Department of Agriculture, and the local government through City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Head Jonathan Hijada, who facilitated the demonstration on the processing and packaging of fertilizers during the actual session.
Meantime, BSWM Region 12 Coordinator Leolito D. Siase, who likewise graced the activity, was met with evident eagerness and enthusiasm by the participating LGUs as he talked on the composting process, noting “to learn this will help improve and promote the organic farming system and will alleviate the burden of buying commercial fertilizers that are expensive and detrimental to the environment.”
Siase was also joined by other BSWM personnel led by Area Coordinator Armando Arcamo.
Since the program implementation in 2018, a total of 57 LGUs in Region 8 have inked in promoting organic farming, in support of food security measures, especially during this pandemic.
Meanwhile, the said face-to-face training which started Wednesday (March 10), is limited only to 16 participants per day, to observe the proper health protocols, and will last until March 19, 2021.