DABAWENYOS have expressed support for the proposed Clean as You Go (Claygo) ordinance that will encourage participation in waste segregation and minimize risks to hygiene and safety.

According to a survey conducted by the University of Mindanao Institute of Popular Opinion from November 23-29, 2022, “about nine of 10 Dabawenyos (89.9%) support the proposal while very few express non-support (3.6%), with most opposers coming from Districts 1 and 2. Around 6.4% of the respondents have reservations about whether to support the proposal or not.”

The IPO survey also showed that between six to seven Dabawenyos are likely to segregate food wastes in separate containers, separate biodegradable from recyclable wastes, arrange chairs in proper order, and stack plates and glasses neatly.

IPO also observed that the youth are more inclined to favor the proposed ordinance than those aged 40 and above who are found to be more skeptical about it.

In an interview on November 10, 2022 by Davao City Disaster Radio, Davao City Councilor Diosdado Mahipus Jr. said he is looking into crafting an ordinance that seeks to promote Claygo.

“Ang uban man gud wala pa sila kabalo anang clean as you go. Sa laing nasud ing-ana man, mas mahal mokaon pag diha ka sa restaurant kay nagbilin ka og hugaw unya ikaw ra pud dapat manglimpyo diha sa imuhang hugaw (There are some who do not clean as they go. In other countries, they practice this even if it is an expensive restaurant),” he said.

“Kung mahimo sa atong mga kaigsonon, kita na ang mo-segregate ana ug maglabay sa basurahan. Dili kay naa ta’y plastic gigamit, ato ra pud ibilin sa lamesa, dili na siya nindot, dapat makatabang ta, it's a manifestation of our kagustohan na protektahan atoang environment (I would encourage Dabawenyos to segregate their trash properly. It cannot be that if our food is served in a plastic container, we would just leave it on the table after eating. That’s not nice to look at. We have to also do our part in protecting the environment),” he added.

The move to have a Claygo policy came after a viral incident in Davao Oriental where social media influencers received criticisms from the public after a resort posted photos of a messy villa and at the same time called them out. JDC