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City SWM Board meet set today

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The City Solid Waste Management Board will meet today, November 16, to prepare for the full implementation of the solid waste management ordinance in the City slated on November 27.

According to Rodrigo Pagotaisidro, Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) Public Service Officer IV, the meeting will convene the board together with the City Police and the City Administrator’s Office to prepare and plan out the mechanisms for the upcoming implementation of Integrated Solid Waste Management System, otherwise known as Ordinance 2016-176.

Pagotaisidro emphasized that with the implementation of the ordinance, the following salient provisions will be in full effect in the City: the mandatory segregation of solid waste in residential, institutional, agricultural, and commercial establishments, the deputation of barangay and law enforcers for the issuance of citation tickets for violations, and the imposition of a garbage fee for business establishments and residential units.

The response of the community, from the barangay officials to residents, towards the aforementioned provisions has so far been positive, Pagotaisidro said.

“The response is so good, because of the act of inviting us to orient or to come up with training and orientation during barangay assemblies,” Pagotaisidro said.

For the past few months, the OCENR has spearheaded an intensified information drive and conducted orientation and training for barangays. To date, the OCENR has managed to participate in some 30 barangay assemblies for the solid waste management orientation and training, and will continue to do so until November 24, the final day of the information drive for the ordinance.

A city-wide motorcade will be held on November 24, to be followed by a city-wide clean up drive on November 25, in the lead up to the full implementation of the ordinance. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)




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