TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Employees of the city government, the barangays and schools joined the clean-up drive across the urban and rural communities in the City recently to ensure sustained cleanliness in the different parts of the component city.
Salud Lammawin of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) said that the legal bases of the national clean-up drive is the Proclamation No. 760 series 2014 “declaring every month of January as Zero Waste Month as well as the Signing Anniversary of Ra 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000).”
The national clean-up day aims to strengthen the implementation of RA 9003 and to mobilize all the local government units nationwide for a one-day clean-up with the participation of all sectors of society, hence achieving partnership towards people’s empowerment movement.
Based from the waste mapping of CENRO, rampant violations of RA 9003 were noted and documented proving that illegal dumping of waste and littering still continue in many areas in the City because of the lack of waste management at source, improper waste segregation, weak law enforcement in barangays, and negative values of people concerning environmental protection and preservation laws.
According to George Padalla of CENRO, their office was in charge of the over-all monitoring and documentation of the activity to be later on submitted to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) on January 27, 2017.
Collected garbages and wastes were brought to Dilag Residual Waste and Material Recovery Facility.
By Darwin S. Serion