CONCERNED residents in the city are urging the business community, tourists and fellow residents to come up with zero waste initiatives in time for the Panagbenga Festival.
Judy Cariño, co-convenor of the Baguio Citizens No Waste Initiative, called on the public to brace for mounting garbage this Panagbenga Festival with hopes the activity will serve as a wake-up call not only for residents but also businesses and tourists to help minimize the growing solid waste management problems of the city.
“We realize that the grand event of the Panagbenga Festival is also an opportunity to reach out to the public in informing and reminding them about doing their share in managing garbage,” Cariño said in a letter forwarded to local media.
In past festival installations, there was at least 2,745 tons of additional garbage during the entire month of celebration.
According to Cariño, this adds to the 10,980 tons of garbage being collected yearly notwithstanding the mounting expenses the city incurs from hauling and tipping fees to the trash final destination in the Urdaneta City engineered sanitary landfill.
Reports from the General Services Office show garbage expenses already reach P193,276 per day or P580,126.65 per month for hauling out and collecting trash.
The group also urged the local government to effectively implement Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act and other ordinances on anti-littering, no smoking, no spitting as well as advocate for the continued waste segregation of trash.