CITY REINFORCES DRIVE VS SOLID WASTE IN THE VILLAGES
DAGUPAN CITY â€“ The Waste Management Division (WMD) here has further intensified its campaign against solid waste disposal by further strengthening its information education drive in the barangays on the salient provisions of Republic Act No. 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.
This is in line with Mayor Belen T. Fernandezâ€™es drive to ensure that the city remains clean and free from harmful levels of pollutants that may cause illnesses.
Fernandez, upon her assumption to office, has engaged City Planning and Development Officer (CPDO) Engineer Romeo C. Rosario and OIC WMD Head Ronaldo De Guzman to create community organizers who will conduct lectures and re-educate the public on the concept of RA 9003 and existing city ordinances on solid waste disposal.
The program seeks to increase the level of awareness of the community on existing laws and ordinances to attain a high level of cooperation and active community support, to minimize or reduce waste at source and to instill the value of cleanliness and ensure the safety of every individual.
The program also includes giving lectures in all public and private schools here which will teach students about mandatory segregation at source, which is one way to minimize and reduce the waste generated at source.
â€śThis will reduce and control the cityâ€™s waste diversion in the cityâ€™s disposal facility,â€ť said De Guzman.
Â At present, the WMD continues to maintain a round-the-clock street sweeping operation at the central business district and collects the waste of 31 barangays for disposal at the controlled dumpsite in Bonuan.
It is the dream of Fernandez to finally close the controlled dumpsite.
In her first 100 days report, Fernandez said that negotiations are on the way with Procter and Gamble to locate a fully integrated waste conversion plant which can be functional not later than two years from the start of construction. (CIO/11-07-2013) By Joseph C. Bacani