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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, March 18, 2013
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BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

Metrowaste Solidwaste Management Corp. has announced its schedule for garbage collection in Bacolod City.

Metrowaste Environment and Solid Waste Management Officer Annie Farrales said that garbage collection in public markets and primary streets will be from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.; in the business districts, 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and at noon to 2 pm; in the barangays and secondary streets, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and in government offices from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.

She also sought the cooperation of the barangay leaders and city officials to revive the information and education campaign for waste segregation as mandated by Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

“Families and institutions should really be persuaded to segregate their wastes into biodgradables, recyclables and residuals because it is on these practices that proper compliance with RA 9003 will be achieved,” Farrales said.

With waste segregation in place, the following daily schedules of collection will then be followed: biodegradables will be picked up Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and non-biodegradables on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, she said.

Sunday will be used for collection of large-sized or bulky wastes, but only upon request duly approved by barangay officials, she added.

She urged barangay officials to maximize the recovery of recyclable materials even though Metrowaste will have its own secondary materials recovery facility.

Biodegradables will be shredded and composted to become soil conditioners, she said.

Farrales added that only with the proper implementation of waste segregation will Bacolod City be able to bring down residual wastes to the lowest level to be dumped in the sanitary landfill, so its life span can be prolonged.

Metrowaste started operating in Bacolod City Friday.

Manuel “Sammy” Baal, Metrowaste overall field operations head, said that during the initial period of operations, they may not immediately be able to hit 100 percent efficiency but they expect their adjustment period to be within a reasonable timeframe.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said “Metrowaste has the experience and track record that will help them to be successful in their operations in Bacolod, but there will be an adjustment period and the cooperation that we will give them will determine how soon will its operation hits optimum.”

Meanwhile, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines and its political arm, TUCP Partylist, is calling on the Metrowaste to provide adequate protection and ensure the safe and healthy working conditions for their workers.

TUCP Partylist first nominee Roland de la Cruz said “Workers engaged in garbage collection are exposed to health and safety hazards on a regular basis while performing an indispensable service to the city, thus adequate protection and decent working conditions for them and for all workers alike are non-negotiable.”

Hernani Braza, provincial chair of TUCP Partylist in Negros Occidental, said these workers keep our city clean and stink-free, a job not many are willing to take.

“We cannot allow that they should suffer from lack of adequate social protection and benefits while keeping our city livable,” Braza said.

De la Cruz pledged to push for “green and decent jobs” legislations if the TUCP Partylist is given another chance to sit in Congress in the May 2013 elections.

De la Cruz said Metrowaste has started collecting garbage Friday using rented dump trucks from a local company.

Baal and Farrales had admitted they rented dump trucks as they had encountered problems in the shipment of their own equipments.

They said it would take probably a month for them to use their own dump trucks but, for the meantime, they will put stickers of Metrowaste on the rented dump trucks and will have their garbage collectors wear green shirts as uniform.*CGS

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