Uncollected garbage in AC village draws ire of DILG Usec

ANGELES CITY – A ‘sea of uncollected garbage’ was seen under the Hensonville bridge in Bangkal Barangay Malabanias during the surprise inspection of Mayor Carmelo ‘Pogi’ Lazatin Jr. and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary (USec.) for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño on Friday afternoon, February 14, 2020.

According to Usec. Diño he will not tolerate such “irresponsible” actions like this, since it is the sole duty of barangay officials to maintain cleanliness and strictly implement proper waste disposal in their respective communities.

Diño was dismayed upon witnessing the mass garbage in the river which was just near the residential area.

“This poor waste management will pose serious threat not just to the environment but also to the public health. Open fields are not for repository of wastes. We even have our City Ordinance No. 431, series of 2017, as our regulation for solid waste management,” Mayor Lazatin added.

The City Information Office (CIO) Facebook page has been receiving complaints from Barangay Malabanias residents to their Barangay Captain Reynaldo Gueco regarding “unregular” garbage collection since August 2019.

These concerned citizens said that it is “very alarming” and are seeking the help of the City Government.

Republic Act 9003, also known as the ‘Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000′ section 17 states that “the barangay shall be responsible for ensuring that a 100% collection efficiency from residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural sources, where necessary within its area of coverage, is achieved.”

Local government officials and officials of government agencies concerned who fail to comply with an enforce rules and regulations promulgated relative to this Act shall be charged administratively in accordance with Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code and other existing laws.