DAGUPAN CITY—The city government has started carrying out its new waste management system in accordance with Republic Act 9003, or Solid Waste Management Act of 2002.
The new system requires residents to segregate their trash before it is collected by city contractors. Those who ignore the system will be fined, said Reggie Ubando, head of the city’s Waste Management Division (WMD).
Ubando said at least 60 percent of the city’s households have complied with the demands of the system on the first day of implementation.
He expects the compliance rate to improve in the next few days once the residents adjust to the better way of handling garbage.
R.A. 9003 requires each household to segregate their trash.
The new system has also setup a schedule for the collection of segregated garbage in the city’s 31 barangays.
Biodegradable waste will be collected during Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Recyclable materials will be collected at the same time on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Ubando urged barangay officials to hire more personnel to carry out the new waste management system in their communities.
The wages of the new employees, he added, could be raised from garbage collection fees, which is allowed under R.A. 9003.
He said the city government will provide technical assistance for residents and villagers who are interested in making use of their compostable and recyclable materials for establishing livelihood projects.
Meanwhile two private groups have offered to help monitor the implementation of the new waste management system in the barangay level.
Ubando said the groups would be divided into teams, which will use cameras to record how residents are complying with R.A. 9003.
To encourage residents to follow the law, the WMD is planning to introduce a merit system to recognize households practicing waste segregation.
One star would be given to households who attend seminars on waste management. A second star would be awarded when the household begins segregation. A third star is given for households who practice composting, a fourth star for recycling and a fifth star is earned when the household consistently takes part in cleaning up their community.
By Bong E. Otadoy