THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has been holding a series of forums to enjoin Metro Manila barangay chairmen to step up their campaign against garbage, the major cause of flooding in the metropolis.
The forum, dubbed “Lodi Ko si Kap Sa Kaayusan, Kalinisan at Pagbabawas ng Basura sa Barangay,” calls on barangay chairmen in Metro Manila to strictly enforce the provisions of the Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act in their respective areas.
“A barangay chairman is considered ‘lodi,’ slang for idol, if he complies and is able to ensure the participation of his constituents in treating their garbage properly. People also see his leadership in maintaining the cleanliness of his barangay,” said MMDA Solid Waste Management Office (SWMO) head Elsie Encarnacion.
The forum is being conducted per local government unit, depending on the number of barangay chairman per LGU.
“We started last week of September and so far we had finished conducting forums on seven out of 17 local government units: San Juan, Malabon, Pateros, Taguig, Muntinlupa, Navotas and Mandaluyong,” said Encarnacion.
According to Encarnacion, barangay chairmen have crucial role in promoting proper solid waste management practices, like door-to-door garbage collection and waste segregation at source, as they serve as head of the barangay solid waste management committee.
“One way to reduce garbage is to intensify segregation in households. Barangay chairmen should see to it that not all trash are disposed at the sanitary landfills. They should also meet diversion strategies to help lessen collected waste in their areas,” said Encarnacion.
Being the forefronts of the government, barangays are required under RA 9003 to develop an ecological solid waste management program that promotes waste segregation, maintain the cleanliness of surroundings, and ensure the establishment of materials recovery facility (MRF) or materials recovery system (MRS) in their neighbourhoods.
“An MRF is a place where trash from households can be brought for further sorting and immediate treatment of recyclable and biodegradable materials,” said Encarnacion, adding that “the barangay solid waste management committee should also monitor and regulate the operation of junkshops, ensure that sidewalks are free from push carts while recyclable materials are in order.”
Under the leadership of MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim clean-up drives and waste reduction programs have been conducted all over the metropolis considering that disposal facilities are finite. He also urges everyone to dispose their garbage properly so as not to clog drainages and waterways.
Based on MMDA records, the volume of waste generated in Metro Manila is about 56,000 cubic meters or 9,871 tons per day.