DAVAO CITY, (PIA) The chair of the Committee on Environment of the 19th City Council bared that the city has approved enough environmental laws to take extra-care of its surroundings.
Councilor Diosdado Mahipus Jr., in his privilege speech said there are already existing laws like septage management, green spaces, regulation on the single used plastic, solid waste management and the like.
However, he stressed that the implementation of these laws is waning.
Mahipus observed that there is no problem on the aspect of legislation of local ordinances but more on its enforcement.
He said the City Ecological Waste Management of 2009 denotes that segregation of solid waste is mandatory and requires all barangays to establish its own material recovery facility.
Mahipus said that the law also requires the barangay to appropriate funds for solid waste management activities and the constant monitoring on the implementation of solid waste management in establishments.
"I am not sure if these laws are enforced. That is why as a citizen and as chair of the Committees on Environment and Oversight, I ask the permission of the Vice Mayor and the City Council to visit our barangays, together with the CENRO, in order to conduct inspection as to the implementation of the Solid Waste Management Ordinance," he said.
Mahipus reminded the barangays that laws are not suggestions, but must be complied with and enforced.
He also urged the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office to meticulously enforce the law and to inform the City Council on the challenges and the possible amendments in revisiting the law.
Mahipus also asked the City Council that as Oversight Committee, its functions not only cover monitoring of government projects, but for the monitoring of legislations passed for data gathering and only in aid of legislation. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)