BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia appealed to households and business establishment owners to cooperate in the implementation of the “no segregation, no collection” policy.

Leonardia said Monday, September 5, that waste segregation is a gigantic task and they anticipate that “this is not going to be that easy at all.”

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a first step, and this I believe is a concrete first step that we are doing,” he said.

The City Government started the waste segregation policy on September 1, but only a few households have complied.

“I am appealing for cooperation. We can only do this or we can only succeed if we have the cooperation of the public. We are trying to comply with the law and it is also good for our people in terms of sanitation and cleanliness,” Leonardia said.

When the time comes that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will be more involved in terms of inspection and checking the violations, the mayor said, he is hopeful that the waste segregation in Bacolod will improve and accelerate.

He said they already expected to meet many challenges and the city should have to overcome all of these.

Leonardia lauded the efforts of the Solid Waste Action Team (Swat) headed by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran.

Familiaran said as of Sunday, only 12 villages had been reached by trash hauler IPM-Construction and Development Corp. (IPM-CDC) for their garbage collection schedule.

These are Barangays 1, 2, 3, 17, 18, 27, 28, 38, 39, Singcang-Airport, Tangub, and Pahanocoy.

Familiaran said the IPM-CDC will collect the biodegradable waste every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, and non-biodegradable waste every Tuesday and Thursday, and Saturday.

He said that based on the monitoring of the IPM-CDC and Department of Public Services, only a few households have complied with the waste segregation policy.

The vice mayor added he expects that by Friday, the IPM-CDC will meet the 61 village officials to present their garbage collection schedule.

The Swat also intensified its information dissemination for waste segregation after most of the villages failed to conduct an information and education campaign within their areas of jurisdiction.

Familiaran said it is the obligation of the village officials to inform and educate their constituents for the implementation of the policy, but they failed to perform.

The IPM-CDC and DPS will help in the distribution of waste segregation flyers to the barangays.

Familiaran said one of their problems is the informal settlers who are not complying with the waste segregation.

“Let’s cooperate and follow the law. It is our obligation to implement Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act,” he said.

The city officials are hopeful that after three months, all 61 villages will be able to comply with the waste segregation policy.