More bry. environment workers requested-A A +A
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
THE Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) wants the City Government to double the number of the barangay environment officers (BEO) for the effective implementation of the ordinance that bans the use of plastic shopping bags every Saturday.
Cenro officer-in-charge Engr. Randy Navarro said there are now 375 BEO’s in the city with each barangay getting at least five BEO’s.
Navarro said they are not enough to ensure all business establishments comply with the provisions of City Ordinance 2343, otherwise known as the “No Plastic Saturday Ordinance of Cebu City.”
This, also considering that Cenro have other jobs, such as monitoring the business establishment’s compliance on the formulation of an environment sustainability action plan and ensuring that solid waste segregation are being implemented in the barangays.
Cenro, he added, also monitors the air and water quality in the city among others.
During the public hearing at the City Council on the proposed implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of CO 2343 yesterday, Navarro asked that the City increase the
number of BEO’s in the barangays from five to 10.
This way, Cenro who is the primary implementor of CO 2343, will be in a better position to monitor the compliance of business establishments.
Based on the records of the City Treasurer’s Office, there are an estimated 28,000 business establishments in the city.
Navarro admitted that there are indeed many establishments that needs to be monitored. He said they will just do their monitoring by batches.
In asking for more personnel, Navarro appealed to the legislative body to increase Cenro’s allocation by next year to cover the monthly honorarium of Cenro’s additional workers.
Navarro said BEO’s receive P4,000 per month from the City.
Kevin Ochoa of Foodah Savers Mart is asking the council to allow business establishments to use “oxo biodegradable” plastics on Saturdays as an alternative to plastic shopping bags.
Unlike conventional plastic shopping bags, Ochoa said oxo biodegradable plastics immediately decompose after 55 days, most especially if it is exposed to light, high temperature and physical stress.
However, Councilor Nida Cabrera, chairperson of the council’s committee on environment is not amenable to it.
She said the National Solid Waste Management Board and the Department of Health has not issued yet a ruling that biodegradable plastics are safe for the public and to the environment.
After yesterday’s public hearing, the proposed IRR for CO 2343 will be subjected for final deliberation in the council’s coming sessions.
As an alternative to plastic shopping bags, CO 2343 provides that consumers, customers, or clients should use an empty container or sack or cloth bag or woven bags to carry or transport the goods they purchase.
CO 2343 was passed in December last year and was authored by Councilor Nida Cabrera and then councilor now Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 26, 2013.