OCENR renews campaign on solid waste management Print
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 16:07

As a follow up to its initial information drive last year, the local government through the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) will spearhead a renewed information campaign for the solid waste ordinance on September 4.

Beginning September 4, the OCENR will spearhead a massive information drive for Ordinance 2016-176, otherwise known as the Integrated Solid Waste Management System of Zamboanga, beginning with the unveiling of a billboard during the Monday flag ceremony at City Hall.

The renewed campaign seeks to inform the public on the provisions of the ordinance, including the prescribed rates, charges, and penalties for violations thereof, in preparation for its implementation.

Since October 2016, the OCENR has regularly conduct information drives and orientations, particularly in the barangays who are expected to have greater responsibilities in the implementation of the ordinance.

Ordinance 2016-176 reconciles two past ordinances, Ordinance 92-013 of 1992 and Ordinance 211 of 1998, with Republic Act 9003 which is known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, in a bid to enhance the ecological balance of the community through sustainable and integrated waste management, and to ensure effective and efficient solid waste management.

The Ordinance, which was approved July 7, 2016, contains, among others, provisions on mandatory segregation of solid waste in residential, institutional, agricultural, and commercial establishments, 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.  (Jasmine Mohammadsali)