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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, March 3, 2018
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38 brgys violating SWM law


Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran yesterday said he will call for a conference to require all 38 barangays caught violating R.A. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Program, to comply with the law.

Familiaran, chairman of the Solid Waste Action Team, said they have already reported the violators to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Environmental Management Bureau.

The latest report submitted to DENR involves six barangays thatincludes two new violators namely, Barangays Felisa and Brgy. 3, he said.

Familiaran said he believes that the only way to discipline people is to impose fines and penalties for violation of the law.

Familiaran also said they have not yet received a response from the DENR regional director on their request for 21 members of the Solid Waste Educators and Enforcement Team (SWEET) to undergo training for the effective implementation of R.A. 9003.

Meanwhile, Familiaran said the barangay and Sangguniang Panlungsod election will push through this year, according to Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs Francis Tolentino.

Tolentino, former Metro Manila Development Authority chairman, was guest speaker during the Vice Mayor’s League in Manila from Feb. 27 to March 1.

Familiaran said he has observed that many are interested to run, not because they want to serve, but because they want some incumbent officials who are ineffective, replaced. While there are some who want to run because of the attractive allowances.

Those who plan to run should start campaigning and convince the people in their area to vote for them. They should also be prepared physically, mentally and financially if they want to join the race, he added.*CGS


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