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Comprehensive solid waste management in barangays sought

by Erna Sy Gorne

Maasin City (6 October) -- Solid waste Management – Technical Working Group (SWM-TWG) cracked their brains seeking legal ways to share with the barangays in the responsibilities addressing the mountain garbage problem in the growing city of Maasin during its first meeting held recently.

With the assistance of the German Technical cooperation – AHT consultants, the technical working group went brainstorming on the responsibilities of identified sectors as mandated by the Republic Act 0f 2003 particularly the barangays.

The group agreed on the options for the barangay to improve the segregation, collection and transport system in the implementation of comprehensive solid waste management at their level to complement with the efforts of the city government.

That the barangay solid waste management council will help their constituents practice the “no segregation, no collection” policy possibly without any enforcement as the people would later choose to segregate garbage at source.

The group would like to encourage the barangays to establish their own Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF) in close coordination with the private sector to assist in the implementation of segregation options. Together with the private sector particularly the junk leaders, plans for a strengthened and integrated materials recovery program shall be workable at the barangays.

Still at the barangay level, plans to increase service area for collections to include schedule for collection, identified strategic collection stations and color-coded segregation bins and alert signal to announce that collections is on-going will be put in place.

The group even looked forward that the barangay will eventually assume the collections of garbage of respective area of responsibility at their level while the city will only assist on collections that could be undertaken by the barangay collections. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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