Local News: Garbage: ‘No Segregation, No Collection’ Starts today
The 15-day trial period of "No Segregation, No Collection" policy of the City Government of Bacolod for the garbage starts today as declared by Councilor Mona Dia Jardin, Liga ng mga Barangay President, who leads the "Herculean task."
This is in compliance with Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 where Local Government Units in the country are obliged to have its own sanitary landfill in order to manage properly the garbage being generated everyday in each locality.
Jardin who attended the 5th Regional Solid Waste Management summit in Iloilo City last week echoed the need to start the garbage segregation so that the city can fully utilize its sanitary landfill.
The schedule of collection include: Monday - Wednesday - Friday is the collection of biodegradable wastes; Tuesday - Thursday - Saturday is the collection of non-biodegradable wastes and on Sunday, special wastes will be collected by the Department of Public Services (DPS) personnel.
She urged all the barangays to help ensure the implementation of the waste segregation.
Jardin said, "Other people have very good impression of our city. We have everything here. It’s one way to repay our city by cooperating in the segregation of our garbage. Even in schools, pupils and students are taught about waste segregation. We hope that we can do this altogether."
The DENR is strictly implementing the R.A. 9003 or the Ecological Solidwaste Management Act of 2000.
They already issued a notice to sue to Local Government Units that has not complied with the law. Good news that Bacolod is not included in the said notice as Bacolod has a sanitary landfill which is ready to operate when waste segregation is already in place.
"It’s my obligation being Liga President to inculcate in our barangays, the need to cooperate with the city’s solidwaste management thrust which is to segregate garbage at source. Barangays can really help in the implementation of R.A. 9003. Some dump trucks owned by the barangays even have prints of "No Collection, No Segregation" policy of the city," Jardin stressed.
A synchronized barangay assembly was held yesterday to inform the public of the scheduled implementation of the "No Collection, No Segregation" policy of the city. This is mandated by DILG that there should be barangay assemblies held twice a year.
There are 220 tons of garbage generated everyday in Bacolod City from more or less 550,000 people residing in the city. If the people will not help in the waste segregation, the city will be penalized under R.A. 9003 and also the P30 million worth of sanitary landfill will not be utilized properly, Jardin pointed out.*