THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) recently introduced training regulations on courses on Garbage Collection NC I and Sanitary Landfill Operations NC III in a bid to “dignify” the occupation and ensure that waste collection and disposal will be done properly and safely.
The Tesda Board approved the promulgation of the two training regulations in June this year. Soon, the courses will be offered in select technical vocational institutions and graduates will be assessed and certified.
“Garbage collectors have to deal hands-on with our daily trash. In this thankless job, they make sure wastes get removed from our homes to the landfill,” Tesda director general Joel Villanueva said.
“We want to make the job dignified by making it a full-pledged occupation,” he added.
Villanueva said with the proper training, garbage collectors will learn the proper and safe handling and disposal of wastes.
“Concerns relating to environmental protection and sustainability have led to more emphasis in the area of solid waste management,” he pointed out.
The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 calls for, among others, skills development along the various areas of collection, transport and dumping of garbage particularly municipal or city waste.
The training regulations for Garbage Collection NC I cover competencies relating to the collection, transport and dumping of garbage, particularly municipal or city wastes.
A person who will finish the training is competent to be a palero or garbage collector.
The course will include training on sorting and removing unnecessary items; arranging the items; implementing mitigation measures to eliminate environmental risks and hazards in the workplace; maintaining work area, tools and equipment; and, learning the proper use of gloves, masks, boots or safety shoes, raincoats, safety goggles and reflectorized vest.
After finishing the course, a graduate who will pass the assessment and has been certified will be called a sanitary landfill facility site foreman.