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PIA Press Release
2007/07/19

Waste segregation: Still a failure?

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (19 July) -- From a simple observation on the P110 million worth garbage bins equally stationed all over the city, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has assessed a failed implementation of the project especially on the segregation process.

During the Ugnayan sa Mandaya Hotel DENR official Teresita Tagorda said that the Solid Waste Management Program of the city still needs tighter implementing rules as most of the garbage bins stationed all over the city looked not segregated at all.

"It is the City Environment Natural Resources Office (CENRO) that monitors and inspects these bins but we have also assisted the said office by conducting a separate monitoring and inspection and submitted our assessment to their office," Tagorda said.

DENR clarified that the failure cannot be blamed to the CENRO as enough information dissemination was done by the said office as well as the support of the city government in providing for the garbage bins for easy segregation.

"What seems to be the problem is the discipline of the people given that the bins have already been provided and yet they still don't know how to segregate their wastes," she said.

The agency recommended for a stricter implementation of the violation provision that could start from the barangay level. "The barangay has the right to penalize those who have violated the law."

Tagorda cited improper waste disposal as one of the leading causes of global warming or climate change that the city is tackling at the moment.

She said the issue may not be that alarming as of yet, however, the office is already doing the preventive measures against it.

"We may not yet feel the symptoms of global warming but we must already start doing something about it," she said.

Among the regulated activities that the DENR is focusing on is the regulation of air pollution, water and waste pollution.

She cited that air pollution is the number one cause of global warming and that the city must be committed in regulating the pollution on air. The DENR assists the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in inspecting vehicles. However, she claimed that the government cannot fully implement a strict regulation as the LTO still lacks the technology or the equipment that would detect polluted emission from vehicles. (PIA) [top]

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