THE Davao City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) has intensified its information dissemination program on proper waste disposal in the barangays at the start of the new year.

Orly Limpangog, of the Cenro Information Education Campaign Unit Environmental Waste Management Division, said their team visited barangays 8-A, 31-D, and Baracatan in Toril.

Limpangog, during the Go Clean, Go Green sa DCDR program of 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) Tuesday, January 18, said they conducted a house-to-house campaign in Barangay 8-A.

“Nag-conduct gyud ta’g balay-balay, gitudluan kung asa ilabay ang mga basura, nga dili lang diha magtapok sa mga kanal. Kung dili designated collection point, dili lang itapok ang mga basura. Dapat kung naa’y basura ang isa ka household, dapat ilabay gyud na nila sa designated collection point (We conducted a house-to-house campaign, taught residents on where to throw their garbage, and not just pile them up in the canals. If it’s not a designated collection point, the garbage should not be dumped there. If a household has garbage, they should throw it at the designated collection point),” the Cenro representative said.

Limpangog showed photos of a trash-filled Barangay 8-A open canal, which covers the area going to Brokenshire Hospital, Wireless Cemetery, and Balay Pasilungan.

He said it would be alarming if heavy rainfall washes away the litter to the Davao River.

The Cenro team, according to him, already talked with the barangay captain about conducting a cleanup drive in their open canals. He assured that Cenro will extend whatever assistance it can in helping the barangays get rid of the garbage in their waterways.

“Hangyo ta mo nga makipagtambayayong sa among opisina kung mag-conduct man mo og cleanup aron ang inyong basurang malimpyo, malabay namo sa sanitary landfill (We ask you to cooperate with our office if you conduct a cleanup so that your garbage can be collected, and we can throw it in the sanitary landfill),” Limpangog added.

He also cited Barangay 31-D for recently conducting its cleanup drive, showing photos of the activity during the radio program. During the cleanup, Cenro workers collected almost two trucks of waste materials from the barangay’s waterways.

Accompanied by barangay officials, the Cenro team distributed flyers as reminders for proper garbage disposal.

Limpangog said households caught violating the proper waste management law by Cenro’s Anti-Littering Unit will be issued citation tickets.

Meanwhile, his team also visited Barangay Baracatan and met with the barangay chair. The barangay, he said, has its own garbage truck, but they will have yet to start implementing the solid waste management ordinance in their area.

Baracatan also has a Materials Recovery Facility, which Limpangog hopes to be put to good use this year. (CIO)