An ordinance aimed at providing an effective, proper handling in the collection, transport, storage treatment and disposal of hazardous medical and other toxic waste, for the safety and well being of Bacolod City is being proposed by Bacolod Councilors Caesar Distrito and Al Victor Espino.
Distrito, who authored the ordinance, presided over a public hearing Thursday at the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod session hall attended by the stakeholders from the hospitals, clinics, funeral homes, laboratories and schools in Bacolod City.
He said the proposed ordinance provides for the creation of a treatment facility that will handle and store medical, toxic, hazardous and pathologic wastes that come from hospitals, clinic, laboratories and funeral homes and that wastes will be collected by authorized personnel and brought to the treatment facility at the Felisa dumpsite.
Vicente Petierre III, head of the Permits and Licensing Division, said that the dumpsite in Felisa only involves residual wastes and is not yet capable of handling toxic and hazardous wastes.
Espino said that as chairman of the Committee on Environment and Ecology, he supports the ordinance and will run after establishments that dispose of their wastes illegally.
Councilor Catalino Alisbo also informed the group how funeral parlors should store and treat their hazardous and pathologic wastes.*CGS