The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Northern Mindanao has partnered with two barangays in Cagayan de Oro City to undertake a pilot project to install trash traps along Bitan-ag Creek as part of the effort to tackle the growing solid waste problem in the area.
The partnership was formalized through the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between DENR Region 10 Executive Director Henry A. Adornado and chairpersons Julito D. Ogsimer and Rexie A. Tinampay of Barangays Lapasan and Puntod, respectively.
Under the MOA, the DENR and the barangays will install and maintain two units of trash traps in Bitan-ag Creek to prevent garbage from flowing into rivers and seas.
The project also aims to motivate coastal communities to innovate local solutions to address solid waste, and to promote an income-generating, community-based enterprise.
Bitan-ag Creek is one of Cagayan de Oro’s major drainage lines which cuts across the city’s main business district at Limketkai Center.