From L to R: Governor Daniel Fernando, (and some of the Bulacan mayors present) City of Malolos Mayor Christian Natividad, Obando Mayor Ding Valeda, Plaridel Mayor Jocell Vistan, Pulilan Mayor Maria Rosario Montejo and Pandi Mayor Rico Roque. (Facebook photos)

CITY OF MALOLOS –Gov. Daniel Fernando and twelve Bulacan mayors including other local officials underwent waste disposal and management benchmarking in Japan to help improve the current waste management system of the province. 

Fernando with the group and joined by Reghis M. Romero II, former Presidential Special Envoy to Japan flew to Japan towards mid last week and met Osaka City Vice Mayor Takahashi Toru at the Osaka City Hall for a discussion, lecture and exposure to Japanese technologies for the effective solutions to address pressing solid waste management concerns in the province. 

Fernando and the whole Bulacan delegation also met the city’s Waste Management Authority in Minamieguchi, Higashiyodogawa-ku to learn the Japanese garbage management as a globally recognized nation in advanced waste management practices and innovative technologies. 

“By benchmarking Japan’s advanced technologies and adapting them to suit local conditions, we are taking definitive steps in addressing our lingering solid waste management issues. We will continue to collaborate and consult with relevant stakeholders, such as government agencies, private enterprises, and the local communities for the successful adoption and implementation of these technologies,” the governor said.

Mayors Reynante S. Bautista of Angat; Jocell Vistan Casaje of Plaridel; Bartolome Ramos of Sta. Maria; Enrico Roque of Pandi; Maryanne P. Marcos of Paombong; Henry R. Lutao of Marilao; Maria Rosario O. Montejo of Pulilan; Flordeliza C. Manlapaz of Hagonoy; Leonardo D. Valeda of Obando; Christian D. Natividad of City of Malolos; Eladio E. Gonzales Jr. of Balagtas; Ma. Elena L. Germar of Norzagaray and Board Member Romeo V. Castro Jr. as representative for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Also with them on the Japan official visit are Provincial Administrator Antonette V. Constantino, Provincial Planning and Development Officer Arlene G. Pascual, Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Officer Atty. Julius Victor C. Degala, and DILG Bulacan Provincial Director Myrvi Apostol-Fabia.

The governor and the rest of the group arrived home during the weekend and will discuss with their respective concern offices and ranking heads and other stakeholders the adoption and inclusion of Japan’s waste management system technologies to their local environment and waste management programs and projects.