MANILA, Feb. 24 — Malabon Vice Mayor Antolin "Lenlen" Oreta III has announced that the City Council has passed an ordinance which will strictly penalize litterbugs in the locality.
Oreta said City Ordinance No. 14-2011, also known as the "Anti-Littering Law," has all the features to guide Malabon folks regarding the correct way to handle their daily garbage, and so penalties for those who choose to violate it.
In its generality, the Malabon vice mayor stressed that the ordinance prohibits the dumping/throwing of waste in any street or public building or property, including waterways and riverbanks, not otherwise designated as garbage dumping area.
Persons/residents who shall violate, disobey, refuse and/or neglect to comply with any of the provisions of the ordinance (anti-littering law) will be fined P500, aside from a one-day community service for the first offense.
For the second offense, the penalty is a P1,000 fine and compulsory seminar for one day.
A P1,500 fine and imprisonment of not less than five days but not more than 30 days, or both fine and imprisonment, await the third-time offender.
Corporations and business establishments like factories and restaurants found violating the ordinance will also be penalized. For the first offense, there is a fine of P3,000 and one-week community service for the owners.
Second-time offenders face a fine of P4,000 and compulsory one-day seminar.
A fine of P5,000 and imprisonment of not less than 30 days but not more than one year, or both fine and imprisonment, will be imposed on third-time offenders.
Offenders who refuse to pay the fine or do community service as provided for in the ordinance will be arrested upon the order of the city mayor for detention and subsequent filing of necessary criminal charges in court.
Oreta expressed hope that the ordinance, if successfully executed, would not only resolve the waste and traffic crisis in the 21 barangays in the city, but also solve the flooding problem in Malabon.
The indiscriminate dumping of tons of trash in canals usually clogs the waterways leading to Malabon-Navotas and Tullahan rivers, causing flashfloods, especially in the low-lying areas, he explained.
Now that we have this anti-littering law, they have to thinks 10 times before throwing their waste in prohibited places as provided for in the ordinance, otherwise, they will feel the full impact of the law," Oreta said. (PNA)