BAGUIO City's solid waste management is in question as irregular garbage collection still persists, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Benguet chapter said in its letter to the mayor.
Officers of the IBP, in a letter to Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr., said they are inquiring on how far the Solid Waste Management Act compliance has went because currently, no final solution has been implemented.
The IBP officers led by its president, Daniel Mangallay, said it has been more than nine years since the Act took effect in 2001.
"This arises from the seeming lack of political will to implement provisions of RA 9003," the group said, adding that the solid waste management efforts and finances focus only on short-term solutions.
"It is imperative for the city to focus [its] attention to long-term solutions, among which honest-to-goodness recycling and establishment of a landfill," it added.
The mayor, in his response, said the solutions to the garbage crisis are now being implemented.
Bautista took credit for the closure of the Irisan open dumpsite and its eventual conversion into a controlled dump facility. "It is only in my administration that these happened."
The mayor reiterated that the technical working group's duty of seeking a permanent solution is a continuing effort. He said the problem of not having a long-term solution at this time is there are no sites for materials recovery facilities and establishment of a landfill takes time.
Signatories are councilor bets Lawyers Alan Mazo and George Dumawing, who is the lawyer of the group of residents who barricaded the dumpsite in the past and who have been charged for grave coercion.
The case is now pending in court.
Secretary to the mayor, Ronald Perez, the IBP's press relations officer and also a candidate for councilor did not sign the letter.
Asked if the IBP letter is politically motivated, one of the signatories, Mazo, said that politics has nothing to do with the inquiry.
He said it is part of the IBP's projects to be active in social issues.
The inquiry was spearheaded by IBP's committee on special concerns headed by lawyer Francisca Claver.