The Municipality of Camalig was hailed Regional Champion in the 2021 Search for Outstanding Practices in the Closure and Rehabilitation of Dumpsites by the Department of Environment & Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB).
 
LGU-Camalig received cash award amounting to Php100,000 which the local government eyes to allocate in the support of its post-closure management activities.
 
With an overall rating of 84.56, LGU-Camalig ranked first out of five (5) shortlisted LGUs in the entire Bicol Region through its best practices and successful implementation of innovative barangay solid waste management.
 
The score was calculated for each criterion specified in the criteria set specifically, soil cover, proper gradient/slope protection, installment of drainage, leachate and gas management, fencing and security, vegetation, and placement of signages.
 
Said award was earned through the collective efforts of the Mayor’s Office (MO), Municipal Solid Waste Management Board (MSWMB), Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Office (MDRRMO), Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO), Municipal Engineering Office (MEO), and the Municipal Health Office (MHO).
 
Camalig Local Chief Executive, Hon. Carlos Irwin G. Baldo, Jr. likewise expressed gratitude for the award, reiterating his administration’s continuous commitment in promoting sustainable eco-friendly plans and programs for the benefit of the Camaligueño constituency.
 
Prior to the local government’s recent achievement, the DENR-EMB conducted validation and monitoring at the disposal facility located at Sitio Tinubran, Brgy. Sua to determine LGU-Camalig’s compliance with various directives and its status in the competition.
 
Citing similar accomplishments, in the last quarter of 2020, Camalig placed 3rd in the Search for the Cleanest and Greenest Municipality/City in Albay – it ranked top 3 out of the eighteen (18) LGUs in the entire province of Albay.
 
LGU-Camalig was also included in the twelve (12) LGUs recognized as excelling in the conduct of segregated waste collection, and materials recovery operations and programs.
 
Article by: Mr. Tim L. Florece, PIO