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Bacolod village chiefs want extended delay in garbage segregation policy

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Bacolod City’s 61 barangay chiefs are asking Mayor Evelio Leonardia to postpone the implementation of the “no segregation no collection policy” to April 2020, but Leonardia said this should be the last time.

After consulting with Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, chair of the Solid Waste Action Team (SWAT), Leonardia said he will approve the resolution but said this would be the last postponement.

“While the Vice Mayor and I understand their situation and will grant their request, it must be made clear that this should be the last postponement. Likewise, we salute the 11 barangays that volunteered to start as pilot areas beginning March 1,” Leonardia added (https://dailyguardian.com.ph/village-chiefs-seek-delay-in-waste-segregation-policy/).

Leonardia said that after April 1, there will be no more extension in the implementation of the no segregation no collection policy and may exercise sanctions to those who will not comply.

If needed, he said the city will sanction barangay captains who cannot comply. “We hope we will not come to that,” Leonardia said.

Liga ng mga Barangay president Councilor Lady Gles Gonzales-Pallen said that although they have requested to postpone the implementation, 11 barangays have already agreed to start with their “no segregation, no collection” policy on March 1.

These pilot barangays are 17, 18, 22, 31, 37, Alangilan, Bata, Alijis, Estefania, Handumanan, and Taculing.

The city government had intended to start implementing the policy on March 1, but the Liga had asked the mayor to give them ample time to implement it, citing monitoring and preparations against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and African Swine Fever (ASF), drug-clearing operations, anti-illegal gambling operations, and road-clearing operations.