Monday, June 24, 2019

Sanchez: Carrot-and-stick

Nature Speaks

FINALLY, the City Council took note of garbage piles found in Bacolod’s public markets, the Manokan Country and the Vendor’s Plaza in Bacolod City. I can see them along Luzuriaga Street after attending prayer meetings of The Feast.

The City Council through a resolution has to give with a gentle reminder the Department of Public Services, City Administrator’s Office, and City Mayor’s Office-Sectoral Concerns, and the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office. Thank you, Councilor Bartolome Orola.

Orola’s resolution said it is imperative that a regular clean-up drive should be conducted in all public markets of Bacolod City, including the Vendor’s Plaza, and the Manokan Country.

He noted that the continuing concern of the city is the strict implementation and observance of proper solid waste management and the promotion of cleanliness and orderliness in the public markets to achieve a consumer and vendor-friendly marketplace.

The resolution said that considering the daily volume of waste that passes through the canals of the markets and surrounding areas, timely maintenance and intensified declogging of canals must be implemented to improve the flow of water and holding capacity of the drainage systems.

Orola and the City Council noted that it is important to encourage the participation of the market vendors in the activity as a means of raising public awareness.

I might add my two cents to the resolution. It’s not just the market vendors that should be served notice. It should be the general public who should be made aware of their civic duties and penalties for flouting the law.

How many times have we seen the riding public throw their trash out onto the streets? Do smokers flip their cigarette butts in public places as their ashtrays? Or do shoppers dispose their one-time use of their sando bags? Traffic enforcers and police officers ignoring infractions of the law. Waay sila labot (are they not included)?

The Christmas season is over. Yet proper ecological solid waste management is not yet over. Not just dispose, collect, and dump onto landfills. Orola’s resolution should have basic state policies enshrined in Republic Act 9003.

He should, for example, reiterated the law’s basic policies: (d) Ensure the proper segregation, collection, transport, storage, treatment, and disposal of solid waste through the formulation and adoption of the Best Environmental practice of the 3 RRRs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) in ecological waste management excluding incineration; (e) Promote national research and development programs for improved solid waste management and resource conservation techniques, more effective institutional arrangement and indigenous and improved methods of waste reduction, collection, separation, and recovery.

On the part of the local executive, I have yet to see an honest to goodness efforts education information materials including the use of social media to promote the law. All that is needed is honest-to-goodness law enforcement. Learn to use the stick.



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