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Environment office sees less volume of garbage in Bacolod City

Bacolod City (1 February) -- Bacolod City Environment and Natural Resource Office Chief Engr. Max Sillo said his office has observed a decrease in the volume of garbage in the City as a result of the "no-segregation no-collection policy."

He said a number of households and commercial establishments have gladly embraced the scheme that somehow lessened the bulk of garbage being collected daily here.

Segregation has also helped in turning garbage into money as bottles, plastics, aluminum and other items that are still useful are now being sold to junkshops, he said.

He admitted, however, that the city has not yet achieved a100 percent compliance to sanitary policy provided under Republic Act 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Law.

According to Sillo, they are committed to strengthen the information, education advocacy of the office in order to increase participation of everyone in the implementation of the law.

"The education and information aspect of this law is not just a one- shot- deal but is a continuous activity that the environment office will purse," he told PIA in an interview.

He urged all Bacoleņos to practice segregation especially the households, private companies and government offices because this is not just the duty of the city and barangay officials but of everyone.

"Our goal of a sanitary environment can be achieved if we help each other," he said.

The administration of President G. Macapagal Arroyo has committed to use all means in order that environmental laws are followed to the point that LGUs violating are charged in court, a move that is also a part of the over-all implementation of the RA 9003.

Bacolod City is doubling its efforts in meeting the requirement of environmental regulations under the leadership of Mayor Evelio Leonardia mobilizing agencies and logistics within its means. (PIA-LOL) [top]

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