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Strict implementation of waste disposal is answer to Davao River, Gulf pollution woes, says city dad

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 30 – Strict implementation of the Solid Waste Management Ordinance is the key towards keeping the Davao River, and Davao Gulf clean, according to a city councilor.

Marissa Abella, chair of the council committee on environment, said the law provides that collection of wastes and proper disposal of wastes start in the barangays.

“Coastal clean-up is not the answer to addressing the problem of polluted rivers and gulf, it is addressing the source of the wastes,” Abella said.

Hence, she said the city should push for the solid waste management by stepping up the information education communication (IEC) in the barangays and to all communities.

Davao Gulf Management Council (DGMC) chair and former councilor Leonardo Avilla, III, also former committee on environment chair, said as of last year, Davao City generated 700 tons of garbage every day.

But with the implementation of the Solid Waste Management Ordinance the volume of wastes is believed to have been reduced.

Avila said the ordinance was already approved by the previous council and is currently subject for publication. After it is published, the city government will come up with the implementing rules and guidelines, afterwhich, implementation of the ordinance will go full blast.

Abella said the creation of the Solid Waste Management Board is also significant to give teeth to the implementation of the ordinance. She said the city has yet to come up with the board’s composition.

Cristy Gallano, managing consultant of the Davao River initiatives for her part said the condition of the Davao river systems however is not hopeless.

She said there are still rivers that remained clean and are not suffering siltation among others, Tamugan River and rivers in the Paquibato area.

She is amenable that proper waste disposal plays a big factor towards keeping the rivers clean.

She said the city government should be serious in implementing the Solid Waste Management Ordinance not only in the city but also in the communities. (PNA) LAP/Judy G. Quiros/lvp

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