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Lim cmte acts on waste segregation law of Brgy 9

THE City Council committee on barangay affairs chaired by Councilor Yan Lam Lim favorably endorsed to the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO), City Treasurer’s Office, the Barangay Ordinance of Barangay 9 for the implementation of waste segregation at source.

The barangay ordinance requires all residents, operators, managers, lease occupants of any business, sidewalk vendors, peddlers, commercial, industrial, private or public establishments of the barangay to implement the waste segregation program.

Atty. Reymundo Villablanca of City Legal Office informed the committee that the office has thoroughly reviewed the barangay ordinance and poses no legal objection to its implementation, citing that this is within the mandate of barangays under RA 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

Under the Solid Waste Management Act, the city shall be primarily responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the provisions of this act within their respective jurisdictions. It provides that segregation and collection of solid waste shall be conducted at the barangay level, specifically for biodegradable, compostable and reusable wastes.

The law also requires the establishment of Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in every barangay or cluster of barangays.

The barangay ordinance imposes a penalty of P200 for first offense, P400 for the second offense and P600 for the third offense or community service of not less than one day but not more than five days or both, upon the discretion of the court. (JBD)

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