Sanchez: Trash talk

BACOLOD Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran has of late been doing trash talk.

As head of Bacolod’s Solid Waste Educators and Enforcement Team, the Vice Mayor lashed out at the city’s 24 barangays who have been violating Republic Act 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Program).

Last week, he ticked off Barangays 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 22, 35, Cabug, Estefania, Granada and Alijis. The gotcha moment when they have been found out of being non-compliant with the “No Segregation, No Collection” policy of the city.

Familiaran will request the DENR to take action against these violators. Will the barangay captains do a clean-up act before the State slams the book on them?

In Alijis, I see no common waste treatment and disposal facilities, as required by Section 44 of R.A. 9003.

I see that the Vice Mayor has been doing his homework. He insisted that the role of the Interior and Local Government is very important in the implementation of R.A. 9003 because the barangays are under its direct supervision.

The law targets waste segregation, admittedly a modest goal. And the local government has been remiss in compelling its barangays to fulfill their obligations. But there are state objectives as well.

I’ll be expecting other plans on solid waste management targeting solid waste avoidance and volume reduction through source reduction and waste minimization measures, including composting, recycling, re-use, recovery, green charcoal process, and others, before collection, treatment and disposal in appropriate and environmentally sound solid waste management facilities in accordance with ecologically sustainable development principles.

In 2017, Familiaran said it is the obligation of the village officials to inform and educate their constituents for the implementation of the policy, but they failed to perform. Psalm 135:17 put it rightly: “They have ears, but they do not hear.”

Compliance – or non-compliance – reflects the value of many of our local government officials.

David Icke, a former British soccer player and sports broadcaster, once said, “A friend at school was always being laughed at because his father emptied dustbins for a living. But those who laughed worshipped famous footballers. This is an example of our topsy-turvy view of ‘success.’ Who would we miss most if they did not work for a month, the footballer or the garbage collector?”

Who will have last laugh on enforcing environmental policies? Vice Mayor, is it time to turn push into shove?

(bqsanc@yahoo.mail)
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