Cagayan de Oro City Council committee on environment and natural resources will convene the committee on February 1, 2017, at the City Council Session Hall to tackle the implementation of Waste Management and Segregation Policy of the city.
The committee, chaired by Councilor Zalcy O. Ocon, invited OIC-CLENRO Edwin Dael, Elvisa Mabelin of the Solid Waste Management Division-CLENRO, representatives of City Planning and Development Office, Environmental Management Specialist-CLENRO, City Legal Office, City Administrator and City Engineers Office.
The councilor also invited representatives of City Public Services Office, P/Sr. Supt. Ronnie Francis Cariaga of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO) and the Association of the Barangay Council headed by Councilor Yan Lam Lim.
During the regular session last week presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy, Councilor Enrico Salcedo, member of the committee on barangay affairs, rendered his special report regarding the city’s Solid Waste Management Program particularly on garbage segregation and the need to mobilize barangays in the city.
Salcedo cited the important policies declared by the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.
These include the encouragement of a greater private sector participation, the protection of public health and environment, retention of primary enforcement and responsibility of solid waste management with local government units, institutionalization of public participation in the development and implementation of national and local integrated, comprehensive and ecological waste management programs.
He also cited the need to strengthen the integration of ecological solid waste management and resource conservation and recovery topics into the academic curricula of formal and non-formal education in order to promote environmental awareness and action among the citizenry.
Councilor Salcedo added that aside from these policies, the same act also gives its directives of forming the City Solid Waste Management Board that shall strategize and implement the safety and hygienic management of the solid waste in their respective extents as well as its duties and responsibilities.(JBD/SP)