Renewed info drive on solid waste management launched Print
Monday, 04 September 2017 17:33

The Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) re-launches Monday, September 4 its renewed information campaign on solid waste management, as it aims for the full and strict implementation of the law.

The re-launching program will coincide with the Monday flag raising ceremony of City Government employees in City Hall and will be spearheaded by Mayor Beng Climaco, Environmental Management Bureau Regional Director Reynaldo Callanta of the DENR, OCENR head Engr. Rey Gonzales and the members of the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Board.

The intensified information drive for Ordinance 2016-176 otherwise known as the Integrated Solid Waste Management System of Zamboanga will include the distribution of information education and communication (IEC) materials, barangay information caravan, media guesting, orientations in schools and in government and non-government agencies and other activities.

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.

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.  (Sheila Covarrubias/PR)