Car­rot-and-stick

Sun Star Bacolod - - Opinion -

FI­NALLY, the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lung­sod took note of garbage piles found in Bacolod’s pub­lic mar­kets, the Manokan Coun­try and the Ven­dor’s Plaza in Bacolod City. I can see them along Luzuriaga Street af­ter at­tend­ing prayer meet­ings of The Feast.

The SP through a res­o­lu­tion has to give with a gen­tle re­minder the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Ser­vices, City Ad­min­is­tra­tor’s Of­fice, and City Mayor’s Of­fice­sec­toral Con­cerns, and the Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Man­age­ment Of­fice. Thank you, Coun­cilor Bar­tolome Orola.

Orola’s res­o­lu­tion said it is im­per­a­tive that a reg­u­lar clean-up drive should be con­ducted in all pub­lic mar­kets of Bacolod City, in­clud­ing the Ven­dor’s Plaza, and the Manokan Coun­try.

He noted that it’s the con­tin­u­ing con­cerns of the city is the strict im­ple­men­ta­tion and ob­ser­vance of proper solid waste man­age­ment and the pro­mo­tion of clean­li­ness and or­der­li­ness in the pub­lic mar­kets to achieve a con­sumer and ven­dor-friendly mar­ket­place.

The res­o­lu­tion said that con­sid­er­ing the daily vol­ume of waste that passes through the canals of the mar­kets and sur­round­ing ar­eas, timely main­te­nance and in­ten­si­fied de­clog­ging of canals must be im­ple­mented to im­prove the flow of wa­ter and hold­ing ca­pac­ity of the drainage sys­tems.

Orola and the SP noted that’s im­por­tant to en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion of the mar­ket ven­dors in the ac­tiv­ity as a means of rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness.

I might add my two cents to the res­o­lu­tion. It’s not just the mar­ket ven­dors that should be served no­tice. It should be the gen­eral pub­lic who should be made aware of their civic du­ties and penal­ties for flout­ing the law.

How many times have we seen the rid­ing pub­lic throw their trash out onto streets? Do smokers flip their ci­garette butts in pub­lic places as their ash­trays? Or shop­pers dis­pose their one-time use of their sando bags? Traf­fic en­forcers and po­lice of­fi­cers ig­nor­ing in­frac­tions of the law. Waay sila labot?

The Christ­mas sea­son is over. Yet proper eco­log­i­cal solid waste man­age­ment is not. Not just dis­pose, col­lect, col­lect, and dump onto land­fills. Orola’s res­o­lu­tion should have ba­sic state poli­cies en­shrined in Repub­lic Act 9003.

He should, for ex­am­ple, re­it­er­ated the law’s ba­sic poli­cies: (d) En­sure the proper seg­re­ga­tion, col­lec­tion, trans­port, stor­age, treat­ment and dis­posal of solid waste through the for­mu­la­tion and adop­tion of the Best En­vi­ron­men­tal prac­tice of the 3 RRRS (Re­duce, Reuse, Re­cy­cle) in eco­log­i­cal waste man­age­ment ex­clud­ing in­cin­er­a­tion; (e) Pro­mote na­tional re­search and de­vel­op­ment pro­grams for im­proved solid waste man­age­ment and re­source con­ser­va­tion tech­niques, more ef­fec­tive in­sti­tu­tional ar­range­ment and in­dige­nous and im­proved meth­ods of waste re­duc­tion, col­lec­tion, sep­a­ra­tion and re­cov­ery.

On the part of the local ex­ec­u­tive, I have yet to see an hon­est to good­ness ef­forts ed­u­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing the use of so­cial me­dia to pro­mote the law. All that’s needed is hon­est-to­good­ness law en­force­ment. Learn to use the stick.* (bq­[email protected]­hoomail.com)

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