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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012


Dagupan bares solid waste management program for 2012

by Alex Romeo R. Fernandez

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 4 (PIA) -- This city is now set to implement a reformed policy for more effective management of wastes.

The waste management division (WMD) yesterday launched the 2012 NOW NA DAGUPAN! NO WASTE NA DAGUPAN! during the regular flag raising ceremony at the City Plaza here.

The program, which is under the ‘Basura Ko, Sagot Ko” flagship waste management program of the city, is a set of strategies to improve waste management through personnel, management, and policy reforms.

Personnel reforms include the demand for more commitment from the workers and healthy working relationship among them. The workers are also expected to adopt the ‘Now Na’ attitude to immediately act on every job, and not later.

The goal for management is the more economical use of time and resources.

More efficient work protocol, more community involvement, more stringent imposition of penalties to violators, and for the office to be more legally and technically oriented make up the reforms on policies.

Teddy E. Villamil Jr., officer-in-charge of the WMD, said the program makes contrast with the usual ‘Zero Waste’ slogan of many communities that instead of aiming for no waste, it would be a better approach to do what can be done at the moment.

Villamil appealed to the Sangguniang Panlungsod to amend City Ordinance No. 1929-2009 or the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management program, noting that the penalty clause stated there is too meager for people to take the ordinance seriously.

The ordinance must also be amended to include in the penalty clause a list of community services, which violators can choose from in lieu of paying fines or imprisonment.

Open dumping, open burning, littering, refusal to segregate garbage, and dumping wastes in the river are among the most common practices of violators.

City Vice-Mayor Belen T. Fernandez expressed willingness to grant the appeal but a study should be done first if indeed it is the meager penalty that is the cause of non-compliance.

Constructing material recovery facilities in all barangays might help in managing wastes, she said, as she added that dumping wastes in the Urdaneta City engineered sanitary landfill will be an option so that the controlled dumpsite being operated in Barangay Bonuan Gueset will be finally closed.

Villamil noted that the rehabilitation of the controlled dumpsite will still continue, as with other campaigns, such as Operation Huli-Sita, Operation Kalampag, May Bigas sa Plastik na Basura, among others.

Hospital wastes remain a problem for the WMD because such wastes cannot be recycled, and hospitals do not give accurate descriptions of their disposal facilities or how they treat and dispose their wastes, he said.

He said he intends to seek the help of the Department of Health on the matter. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

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