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OCENR sustains solid waste management

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The city continues efforts to implement its solid waste management plan in cooperation with local government agencies and barangays.

Public Services Officer Rodrigo Pagotaisidro of the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) affirmed that implementation of Ordinance 2016-176, also known as the solid waste management ordinance, is ongoing.

Kicking off 2018, the OCENR initiated a clean-up of the central business district (CBD) and the main public market on January 1. Aside from the clean-up, Pagotaisidro said flushing of the main market was carried out for health and sanitation.

Participating in the clean-up were the City Administrator’s Office, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), General Services Office (GSO), City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO), Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD), and the City Engineer’s Office.

Meanwhile, barangays also carried out their own clean-up drives on January 2, with the OCENR coordinating and monitoring their efforts.

Since the launch of the intensified campaign for the solid waste management edict last year, Pagotaisidro said the OCENR will be focusing primarily on conducting information dissemination drives, ensuring compliance of residents to the proper garbage collection schedule, and issuing citation to violators.

Future efforts include organizing eco-volunteers in puroks in every barangay from January to June this year, and orientations to reach out to local businesses and enterprises in line with the ongoing business registration and renewal this January.

Provisions of the solid waste ordinance include 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.

Following information campaigns and advocacies, full implementation began November 27 last year. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 January 2018 08:43