LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Dec. 12 (PIA) -- Significant improvement in the compliance to waste segregation at source or in the household and establishments is noted in this town with the implementation of the “Bantay Basura” program.
In the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) meeting held recently, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office head Arthur Pedro reported the significant increase of compliance on waste segregation at source from 40 percent in 2013 to 90 percent this year. For the months of October and November alone, compliance to segregation at source reached a high of 99 percent. He attributed this positive development to the town’s “Bantay Basura” program.
Most of the residents are now observing the proper time of waste disposal in barangays, Pedro said. Garbage disposal at source are only brought out within designated time.
Around 183 Bantay Basura personnel have been deputized to monitor compliance to solid waste segregation. They ensure that the bringing out of garbage during prescribed schedule of collection is being followed and proper segregation at sourced are being followed.
Citation tickets with corresponding fines based on Municipal Ordinance No. 53-98 or the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Ordinance are issued to violators.
The daily average collection of garbage is about 30-35 tons per day, according to Pedro. This is apart from the daily collection of vegetable wastes at the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post generating an average of five trucks everyday with an average weight of four tons per truck or about 20 tons per day. Susan C. Aro (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)