La Trinidad segregation pushed

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Mayor Edna Tabanda has required all to segregate their trash.

In an Executive Order, Tabanda mandated all commercial and industrial establishments, residences, government and private offices, agricultural farms, schools, public and private markets, government and private health facilities and clinics, churches and other similar entities and establishments generating waste to segregate at source and to manage the proper disposal of their respective waste.

“Due to rapid urbanization and population growth, the municipality of La Trinidad is presently beset with garbage problems compounded by inadequate number of garbage trucks and manpower, lack of appropriate technology, discipline, public consciousness and participation and failure of people to practice solid waste management in the said place. This Law encourages greater private sector participation in solid waste management system of segregation at source, reuse, reduce and recycle and compost waste,” Tabanda said in her order.

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Garbage woes here has gone worse pushing the municipality to haul their garbage out of town with the contractor hauling a total of 15 rounds since June pegged at P 1,650 per ton of trash.

The Alno dumpsite has exceeded its capacity and is danger of collapsing, fearing a repeat of the Baguio trash slide will happen based on a report by municipal Engineering office.

The capacity of the Alno site is an actual 10,000 tons of waste but is now over 35,000 tons its limit, teetering dangerously to inducing hairline cracks and the worst case scenario; a trash slide.

An estimated 1,600 tons of garbage still needs to be hauled out of the Alno dump which is riddled with cracks and in need of repairs.

In 1998, a comprehensive solid waste management policy of the municipality was crafted and applied to all residential houses, commercial establishments, such as hotels, restaurants, cinema houses, department stores, groceries, institutions like schools, churches, public and private offices; industrial establishments like factories, plants, auto repair shops and other establishments of any kind; and agricultural areas but was not fully enacted to this day.

"In order to address these concerns and accomplish the goals of a clean, healthy and balanced ecology in La Trinidad, there is a need for instituting measures relative to the solid waste management program," Tabanda added.

The Valley is producing 93 tons of waste a day from households as well as the vegetable trading post.

The Executive Order will punish violators with penalties; for commercial and industrial establishments, the first offense for groceries and minimarts is a fine of P600; supermarts and malls a fine of P1000; hotels and inns a fine of P1000; restaurants and eateries P300 for the second offense a fine of P1,500 and for the third offense a maximum fine off P2,500 and a written reprimand and warning from the municipal mayor.

For residential establishments, the first offense fine is pegged at P200 and a written reprimand and warning from the Municipal Mayor; second offense a fine of P500 per residential building owner; third offense a maximum fine of P2,500 or imprisonment of five days to one month or both at the discretion of the court.

For litter bugs, the first offense will merit a reprimand and fine of P50 second offense a fine of P100; third offense a fine of P300 or imprisonment of three days or both at the discretion of the court.

For the Agricultural sector the first offense is pegged at a fine of P500 and a written reprimand; second offense a fine of P1,000; third offense a fine of P2,000 or imprisonment of five days to one month or both at the discretion of the court. (With a report from Jessielyn Duran, ISU –Echague Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 30, 2014.

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