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OCENR preps SWM in barangays, basura run

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The Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) is working to strengthen the capacities of local barangays in line with sanitation, particularly solid waste management.

Public Services Officer IV Rodrigo Pagotaisidro of  OCENR reported the conduct of continuous assemblies in the barangays, pursuant to the implementation of City Ordinance 176, for the reorganization of ecological solid waste management committees and the development of the barangay solid waste management plan.

Pagotaisidro explained that barangays will shoulder bigger roles in waste management, particularly in identifying their respective purok or zone where to start segregation and the creation of an eco-volunteer group that will handle the solid waste management program.

Pagotaisidro also reported that the budget for garbage trucks has already been approved. The garbage trucks will be given to the barangays, who will then handle their own garbage collection, segregation, and disposal at the sanitary landfill.

Meanwhile, the OCENR will be spearheading the second Basura Run, its advocacy on cleanliness and fitness, on October 21, 5 a.m. from the Guiwan Barangay Hall to Barangay Tugbungan.

Registration fee is P50 for each participant. Participants are required to bring empty sacks or any container with their names written on it for the collection of plastic and styrofoam waste that they can find in the course of the run.

The main objective of the activity is to make people aware of the importance of throwing garbage in proper bins, to maintain cleanliness and prevent flooding.

This year’s Basura Run theme is “Beat Plastic Pollution, If You Can’t Re-Use It, Refuse It”. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)




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