Bacolod City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran is still waiting for the Environment Management Board (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to penalize the erring villages that violated the “no segregation, no collection” policy.

Familiaran, chairman of Solid Waste Action Team (Swat), said yesterday they already forwarded the lists of 42 erring villages to the EMB-DENR.

These villages are Barangays 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 35, 38, 39, 40, Alijis, Banago, Bata, Cabug, Estefania, Felisa, Granada,

Handumanan, Mandalagan, Mansilingan, Pahanocoy, Punta Taytay, Singcang-Aiprort, Sum-ag, Taculing, Tangub, Villamonte and Vista Alegre.

Familiaran said the EMB-DENR was tasked to impose the penalty to the erring villages for violations of waste segregation in relation to the implementation of the Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Program.

The erring villages were documented by the members of Swat and Solid Waste Educators and Enforcement Team (Sweet).

Familiaran also reiterated his request to the DENR-6 to conduct a seminar and deputize the members of Sweet to penalize the erring villages.

On Tuesday, the city launched the search for the Cleanest, Greenest and Most Well-Managed Solid Waste Management (SWM) program for urban and rural barangays in Bacolod.

Familiaran said this is one of the strategies of the city to address the waste segregation problem.

He said the contest is open to the 61 barangays and the first evaluation will start in June, then September and November for the second and third evaluation, respectively.

For the rural barangay category, first place will receive P350,000 worth of projects, P250,000 worth of projects for the second place, P200,000 and P150,000 worth of projects for the fourth and fifth place, respectively.

The urban barangay category, first place will receive P300,000 worth of projects, P200,000, P150,000, P100,000, and P50,000 worth of projects for the second, third, fourth, and fifth place, respectively.

“We are hopeful that the barangay officials will do their part to comply the waste segregation policy,” Familiaran said.