Garbage trucks to play jingle while collecting wastes: Cenro

AN UPCOMING campaign by City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) will equip garbage collecting trucks with sound systems, inviting barangays and communities to get moving while singing “Let’s Make LIMPYO!”

This campaign, which is a result of the collaboration of the office with junior mass communication students of the Ateneo de Davao University, hopes to strengthen the existing IEC materials of the office to encourage proper solid waste management at source.

The campaign’s flagship content—a jingle and a deployment of posters—will be launched in next week’s city hall flag ceremony. It will also have a social media component.

Ces Rodriguez, development communication professor who is leading the students do this project, said LIMPYO comprises five objectives of the campaign: to lean towards a cleaner and greener community; to implement proper solid waste management; to mobilize advocates and ambassadors; to promote Initiatives for environmental conservation; to say yes to the enforcement of RA 9003; and to organize activities and projects to nurture nature.

She said the primary target to the campaign is to reach out to the youth.

“If you train kids on waste segregation at a young age, they will make this as a habit as they grow up,” she said on Thursday’s iSpeak.

Rodriguez added that the produced jingles will also be played in the radio and in barangays.

Cenro chief Eliza Madrazo welcomed the collaboration with hopes to shake things up. She said there is very little awareness in the community about waste segregation and this campaign can be representative of the city’s effort to strengthen this.

Rodriguez mentioned that while Davao City has been doing well in implementing bans on smoking, firecrackers, and best waste segregation practices have yet to go a long way.

Madrazo said that there are currently 32 personnel handling the 182 barangays of the city for IECs, ensuring that basura patrols in barangays are active. Every congressional district also has a designated leader for patrolling violators helping barangays get organized to address waste management problems.

Madrazo said the city’s current collection daily is at 500 to 600 tons of residual waste. However, this number peaks at 800 when other unsegregated trash is included.

In 2016, 2,000 citations were issued to individuals and barangays for not complying with the law. The city’s landfill located in Barangay New Carmen, Tugbok District, is almost at full capacity but Madrazo said studies are being conducted for potential expansion in the same area. The landfill can still last for one more year.

She added that only 60 percent of the barangays in the city strictly comply with the Davao City Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance of 2009 (City Ordinance No. 0371-10). This law states that segregation of waste at source by generators as household and all establishments is mandatory.

The law states that biodegradable waste should be turned over to the barangay or should be used as backyard compost; and recyclable waste should be sold to junk shops or turned over to barangay materials recovery facility.

Residual and special wastes shall be thrown in the designated collection points only during throwing time from 6 to 9 p.m.

The following are prohibited: littering, scattering, throwing and dumping of waste matters in public places; open burning of solid waste; none-segregation of solid waste; and open dumping, burying of solid waste in flood prone areas.

“Any person apprehended or cited for violation and does not wish to contest the violation shall be allowed to pay the fine within one week from the issuance of citation ticket. Otherwise, a corresponding case shall be filed,” the law states, mentioning fines that start at P300 and a mandatory seminar.

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