BACOLOD City – Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez is pushing for the strict implementation of solid waste management laws in this city.
Lopez, who chairs the city council’s committee on environment, said he is now drafting an ordinance that will constitute specific policies on solid waste management program.
According to Lopez, this is in preparation for the use of cell no. 2 at the sanitary landfill in Barangay Felisa, which is almost 90 percent in completion.
Lopez is determined to push his planned ordinance. Lopez said he doesn’t want to replicate the situation in cell no.1, which is considered now an open dumpsite.
He also underscored the importance of strengthening the collection methods for recyclable materials down to the barangay level, saying that he already prepared several programs to be included in his propose ordinance.
Lopez, however, assured that proposed policies will not violate the existing law – Republic Act 9003 or otherwise known as “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.”
Last year, the city government allotted a P50-million budget for the construction of cell no. 2 in the city’s sanitary landfill. The project contractor IPM-Construction and Development Corporation (IPM-CDC) was conducting an on-going construction and expected to be completed by end of November this year./PN