Anti-burn­ing law

Sun.Star Baguio - - Opinion -

IAM writ­ing about this law, also known as Re­pub­lic Act (RA) 9003, not be­cause I am averse to it but be­cause I sim­ply want to clear doubts in my mind, and I am sure in the minds of many, whether or not this law was crafted with ut­ter rea­son­able­ness and fair­ness for all con­cerned.

This has to do, of course, with the harsh penalty await­ing peo­ple found vi­o­lat­ing the said law: im­pris­on­ment of one to 15 days and a cor­re­spond­ing fine of P300 to P1000.

For peo­ple that are ir­re­spon­si­bly us­ing their back­yard to in­cin­er­ate dump, mean­ing burn garbage of all kinds and in the process emit smoke and ob­nox­ious smell that tend to in­con­ve­nience the neigh­bors or the com­mu­nity as a whole--by all means im­ple­ment the law to the fullest. Im­ple­ment it on abu­sive per­sons show­ing dis­re­spect and dis­re­gard for other peo­ple’s well be­ing.

But for the many who have been re­li­giously fol­low­ing the lo­cal gov­ern­ment’s ad­mo­ni­tion about the im­por­tance of solid waste seg­re­ga­tion and pa­tiently look­ing for­ward to timely sched­uled col­lec­tions and even have a small space in the yard for com­post­ing, yet burns scraps of pa­per and some fallen leaves ev­ery now and then for a few min­utes so that the smoke will drive pesky fruit tree in­sects away, is it rea­son­able and fair that the penalty still ap­ply to them?

So I un­der­stand that burn­ing a pot full of dried leaves ev­ery now and then still gen­er­ates smoke that is bad for the health and the en­vi­ron­ment, but why are the ubiq­ui­tous out­door bar­be­cue grills ex­empted from the anti-burn­ing law when these pop­u­lar and much sought-after style of cook­ing food equally gen­er­ates smoke and pol­lutes the air?

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