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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012

 

Compliance to garbage ordinance seen through community service

by Alex Romeo R. Fernandez

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 6 (PIA) -- Community service as an option to the penalty clause in this city’s garbage ordinance might be an effective plan to force compliance.

Teddy E. Villamil Jr., officer-in-charge of the waste management division (WMD), said in an interview Monday that giving violators some leeway as to the kind of penalties they are willing to meet would make them more inclined to face penalties instead of avoiding them.

Community services may come in the form of attending seminars and lectures, street sweeping, tree planting or other activities related to waste management and environmental protection, he said.

The existing comprehensive solid waste management ordinance or R.A. 1929-2009 lacks bite because of the meager fines stated there, he said, adding that the provisions for rendering community service as a penalty contains vague provisions that could lead to differing interpretations, thus can be contested.

He suggested that the type of community service and its specific duration be explicitly mentioned, while fines must also be increased.

This plan, he said, is a progressive approach to waste management because the services that the violators render to the community will more than make up for the offenses they committed. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

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