COA cites Mabalacat mayor Garbo for enforcing solid waste management law
The Commission on Audt (COA) has cited Mabalacat Mayor Crisostomo Garbo for successfully implementing Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
One of the largest accomplishments of the city is reducing the large volume of mixed solid waste from the Central Material Recovery Facility located at Sapang Balen.
Some of the programs and projects conducted by the local government includes:
· special clean-up activities are done by the Team Operasyong Pangkalikasan (TOP) and Special Operation Group (SOG)
· regular city-wide clean-up drive including MacArthur Highway, public cemeteries, and clearing operation at Quitangil Creek, Sapang Balen Creek, Canidha Creek, Lakandula Creek, and Mabiga Creek in compliance with Manila Bay Clean-up, Rehabilitation and Preservation Program
· Regular collection and hauling of garbage from different barangays and schools including Material Recovery facilities
· Massive information, education, and communication campaign
· Capacity building, meetings, and workshops
However, COA called out the local government for failing to comply with the mandatory segregation of solid wastes at source such as household, institution, industries, commercial and agricultural establishments causing the city to fail the protection of public health and environment of the residents.
Upon investigation, the large pile-up of wastes is due to the negligence of the segregation of residents on most barangays. Also, even though the Environment Code of Mabalacat City, violators of the segregation policy were not reprimanded.
Garbo and local government officials vowed to improve their ways and strictly implement existing rules and regulation in proper solid waste management.
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