No seg­re­ga­tion, no col­lec­tion pol­icy up in San Si­mon town

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

SAN SI­MON - In a bid to boost solid waste man­age­ment in this town, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment has started im­ple­ment­ing the “no Seg­re­ga­tion, no col­lec­tion” pol­icy for ev­ery house­hold.

Ac­cord­ing to Mu­nic­i­pal En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (MENR) Of­fi­cer Mel­chor Tayag, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment started to strictly im­ple­ment the pol­icy along­side cre­at­ing the 10-year com­pre­hen­sive solid waste man­age­ment plan of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

He added that it is one way of prepar­ing the residents through dis­ci­pline in the sys­tem­atic han­dling of solid waste once the scheme is fin­ished.

“Ang ba­sura, kahit ba­sura yan, malaki pa din ang prob­lema lalo na ka­pag hindi na-man­age ng maayos. Kaya ta­la­gang umi­isip kami ng ma­g­a­gan­dang ap­proach para mai-ayos yung sis­tema,” he said.

Tayag noted that residents are com­ply­ing with the new pol­icy and have learned to seg­re­gate their waste for col­lec­tion.

He added that the lo­cal gov­ern­ment has also cre­ated an or­ga­nized sched­ule for the col­lec­tion of house­hold wastes in ev­ery barangay.

“La­hat sys­tem­atic da­pat, even yung col­lec­tion para hindi nabubu­lok yung mha ba­sura sa mga ba­hay-ba­hay dahil min­san, ang kawalan ng col­lec­tion ang nagti-trig­ger para mag­tapon sila kung saan-saan,” he said.

Once the solid wastes are col­lected from the house­hold, Tayag said that they will be de­liv­ered at the stag­ing area in Barangay Sto. Niño where the Metro Clark Waste Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion will pick them up.

The MENR Of­fi­cer stressed the value of seg­re­ga­tion which sig­nif­i­cantly im­proves the process of col­lect­ing and dis­pos­ing solid waste of the com­mu­nity.

He said that since they im­ple­mented the pol­icy late in 2016, the solid waste man­age­ment of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has im­proved by up to 60 per­cent.

“Ac­tu­ally yung mga MRF (ma­te­ri­als re­cov­ery fa­cil­ity) ay hindi na ta­laga na­gagamit kasi sa ba­hay pa lang, nai-seg­re­gate na tapos di­retso na sa stag­ing area,” he sai d.

Mean­while, Tayag said that the for­ma­tion of the 10year solid waste man­age­ment plan of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is al­most fin­ished and may be up for pre­sen­ta­tion by the end of Jan­uary.

He noted that scheme is unique and ded­i­cated to the com­po­si­tions of the ev­ery vil­lages in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in­clud­ing those lo­cated at the river­side.

He added that the plan was made based from the in­puts of com­mit­tee as well as residents.

“Hindi kami nag­copy-paste sa ibang mu­nisipyo. Ta­la­gang gi­nawa namin base sa nakita namin pan­gan­gailan­gan ng mu­nisipyo,” he said.

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