The Solid Waste Action Team (SWAT) submitted to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources the list of six barangays in Bacolod that it had documented to be violating the “No Segregation, No Collection” policy of the city.
SWAT chairman and Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said these barangays are 8, 13, 38, Taculing, Villamonte and Singcang.
He said he has also submitted to Environment Management Board-DENR regional director Sophie Manuel the names of 21 members of the Solid Waste Educators and Enforcement Team for training and capacity building for the effective implementation of Republic Act 9002 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Program.
Their training will start as soon as possible, he added.
Familiaran said they have temporarily stopped the apprehension of violators because the SWEET members have yet to undergo training.
So far, compliance of the “No Segregation, No Collection” policy in Bacolod is only about 5 percent, he said.
Almost all 61 barangays continue to violate the policy but only six barangays have been documented, he added.
Familiaran said that under the law, the implementation of segregation at source or household is the function of the barangays.
The city is mandated not to collect mixed waste but only residual waste. However, if they do not collect mixed waste, it is the city that will be blamed, he said.
He met with Victor Ureta of the EMB to discuss how to encourage the barangays to comply with the law, Familiaran said.
Ureta will call the officials of the six barangays thathave violated the law for a conference to remind them of their mandate, he said.
Familiaran said they will continue to document violators. Barangay officials whose barangays continue to violate the law could face disciplinary action for non-compliance and dereliction of duty*CGS
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