“No Segregation, No Collection” policy to be enforced in Virac
posted 6-Aug-2018  ·  
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The municipal government of Virac is set to intensify the “No Segregation, No Collection Policy” that had been stalled due to the recent Barangay and SK Elections last May.

This is the response of the municipal government to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte in his State of the Nation Address last Monday, July 23, 2018 in which he encouraged local governments to proactively enforce the country’s environmental laws.

Pres. Duterte has warned the local governments “not to wait for the national agencies to swoop down on their areas just to do their duties.”

In a meeting held last week, the Municipal Environment & Natural Resources Office (MENRO) headed by MENRO-designate Angel “Toto” Rumbines,  told the barangay chairmen, particularly the newly elected officials, that the municipal government will strictly enforce “segregation at source” to ensure proper solid waste management in the barangays.

Rumbines encouraged the barangay leaders to activate its Solid Waste Management Council to help guide them in the proper waste management in the community.

He explained that the local government has already initiated the closure of its open dump site in barangay Casoocan according to the Safe Closure and Rehabilitation Plan (SCRP).

Under the No Segregation, No Collection Policy of the municipal government, only residual waste will be collected by the local government pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as the Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

Rumbines also bared that the municipal government is trying to help the barangays on waste recycling and reduction through the “Arangkada sa Basura” Raffle Bonanza project that the municipal government has initiated in cooperation with the Department of Public Works & Highways (DPWH) Catanduanes Engineering District and Catanduanes Contractors Association (CCA). The raffle draw, which will be held on August 12, 2018 at Plaza Rizal Covered Court, aims to heighten awareness in the community on the importance of segregation and recycling in solid waste management.

To significantly reduce plastic waste in Virac, the local government launched the “Bote ni Sammy” project last year, with the bottles full of plastic waste exchanged for a raffle ticket. The raffle bonanza will now be held every quarter of the week with the collected PET bottles to be used in various infrastructure projects within the municipality.

Rumbines warned that a number of LGU officials in mainland Bicol, particularly in Polangui (Albay), were suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman two weeks ago for failure to enforce environmental laws.

In 2016, the Ombudsman had warned six (6) municipalities in Albay for continued violation of environmental laws before the suspension was handed down. (PIO/Ed Rodulfo)

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