Editorial: Make Bacolod green again

THE ongoing training-workshop on solid waste management in Bacolod City is a big boost to the city’s efforts to maintain clean and green.

However, the community and the populace must also do their part in waste segregation.

As of March, 42 of the 61 villages have violated the “no segregation, no collection” policy.

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-Airport, Sum-ag, Taculing, Tangub, Villamonte and Vista Alegre.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Environment Management Board (EMB) has yet to act on the erring barangays.

The city government earlier launched a search for the Cleanest, Greenest and Most Well-Managed Solid Waste Management program for urban and rural barangays in Bacolod.

This is one clever strategy to address the waste segregation problem in the city considering that winning villages will get cash assistance for their programs and projects.

Commissioner Crispin Lao of the National Solid Waste Management Commission, who led the First Regional Training-Workshop on Measuring and Mitigating Short-Lived Climate Pollutants from the Municipal Solid Waste at the O Hotel in Bacolod yesterday, urged the local government units to get the participation of the citizens in waste segregation for the successful implementation of the policy.

The training-workshop, which was also attended by delegates from neighboring Asian countries, aimed to raise awareness on municipal solid waste management and its role in achieving the global climate and sustainable development goals, and to facilitate knowledge sharing across the region on good practices related to climate-smart waste management, discussing options for aligning activities with long-term development efforts.

With this, we hope the collaboration between the local government and the community will be stronger.

Everybody’s effort is needed for a cleaner and greener Bacolod.

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