BACOLOD City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran admitted that the city’s waste segregation program is a failure because residents are still not observing the proper ways of disposing garbage.
Familiaran said the number of barangays violating the Republic Act 9003 or Ecological Solid Waste Management Act has increased from 33 to 36, based on the evaluation of the Solid Waste Enforcement and Educators Team (Sweet).
The erring barangays are engaged in illegal dumping of garbage in certain areas within their respective barangays.
So far, villages initially listed as violators are Barangays 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 16, 20, 22, 24, 28, 29, 35, 38,40, Alijis, Banago, Bata, Cabug, Estefania, Granada, Handumanan, Mandalagan, Mansilingan, Pahanocoy, Singcang-Airport, Taculing, Tangub, Villamonte, and Vista Alegre.
Familiaran said villages added to the list are Barangays Punta Taytay, 39 and 10.
He said the City has no enforcement team as of this time because it is only the Department of Environment and Natural Resources that can do the enforcement and its deputization is required so that the City can do it.
The DENR will be the one to file charges against the erring barangays.
Familiaran said if households cannot segregate their wastes, the barangays will do the segregation by putting up a materials recovery facility, while the City Government will collect the residual wastes and deliver it to the sanitary landfill.