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Kalibo launches ‘no segregation, no collection’ policy

KALIBO, Aklan (PIA) -- The local government unit of Kalibo recently launched its “No Segregation, No Collection” policy to put in place the proper way of disposing garbage, protecting the environment, and promoting good health among the Kalibonhons.

The implementation of the “No Segregation, No Collection” policy, according to Kalibo mayor Juris Sucro, will be undertaken by the Municipal Solid Waste Management Board (MSWMB), in coordination with concerned national government agencies effective October 30, 2023.

“Under Republic Act 9003, the primary goal of solid waste management is reducing and eliminating the adverse impacts of waste materials on human health and environment to promote superior quality of life,” said Sucro.

This move of LGU-Kalibo is in preparation for the implementation of the Safe Closure and Rehabilitation Plan of the municipal dumpsite located in Brgy. Bachao Sur, Kalibo, Aklan, according to MSWMB.

The MSWMB added that in closing the dumpsite, households, institutions, and commercial establishments must now properly segregate their waste to minimize the garbage that would be collected by the garbage trucks.

With this policy, the local government unit will have a new and separate schedule in collecting biodegradable, recyclable, and residual waste in places covered by the SWMS.

Garbages which are not segregated will not be collected and the households will be penalized.

In barangays where the SWMS has collection service, only residual waste will be collected from collection points or Barangay Material Recovery Facility (MRF).

During the launching program, vice mayor Cynthia Dela Cruz, who delivered a message, emphasized that biodegradable and recyclable waste will be the responsibility of the barangay and will no longer be collected by the SWMS.

“Please don’t send anymore your banana trunks and coconut fronds to us here in Poblacion, Kalibo,” Dela Cruz told the barangay officials who attended the launching.

A press conference with the local media followed after the launching, with the vice mayor together with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Merlene Aborka; Adorada Reynaldo, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources (MENRO) – Kalibo Designate; and punong barangays of Kalibo, serving as panelists. (AGP/VGV/PIA Aklan)

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