I’m applying for a business license here in Davao City. One of the requirements is to attend a seminar for “The City Environment and Natural Resources Office” (they called it CENRO). It’s the garbage disposal/collections here in the city. The City has implemented a mandatory waste segregation scheme since 2009 under the Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance, urging every households and business establishments to segregate garbage according to types of solid waste which are either, biodegradable, recyclable and residual. The CENRO partnered with all the Barangay officials in order to maintain the cleanliness of the city.
The Cenro, are encouraging all residents to practice segregating. Cenro said every household should have 3 garbage bins at least in the house. Try to label them too. One for “Biodegradable”, “Recyclable”, and “Residual”. They’re also encouraging everyone to make a composting bin (do-it-yourself kinda thing) in the backyard. They even showed a nice wood box or they said many households uses big flower pots for it. The residual waste has a special time and required to be thrown in the designated collection place. Throwing time would be between 6 to 9 PM. You ask your Barangay captain where to bring or where the collections of the garbage in your area. The Barangay officials also will collect if you have used oil from your cooking. Some company abroad were training the barangay official what to do with it, trying to make that into something (still experimental).
For the recyclable. You can sell all your recyclable at the junk shops. If your area the garbage collections is not consistent. Try to ask your Barangay captains where to dump your garbage. Don’t allow younger kids that goes around your area to collect your garbage. The CENRO speaker said most of the time those kids will just get the money that you paid them then dump the garbage on the side of the road. Then if they get caught and the CENRO inspector would asked the kids, if the kid give out your name then you will get in trouble because those kids are minors. They said you the homeowners know already not to be dumping garbage.
Non-segregation of solid waste is a violation of the law. First offenders are fined Php 300 and required to attend the seminar. Second or more offense, offenders might pay Php 500 -1k – 3k – Php 5k might do community service. Higher offenders paying the fine and staying in jail. Some of it you might violate 2 offense so you might pay Php 600 to 10k or more. Better go to CENRO and learn and get some brochure from them. I will go back there and get some too. I want my household to learn more too. I forgot to get on my way out during our seminar. Also in the house, you know those falling leave or the dry leaves from your flowers. It’s required to put those on the compose bin that you’re making in your yard, burning is a big No, No.
If you are a small business owners especially small karenderia (restaurant) and catering company. Try to go and learn about the segregation and let your employees know too. They are really getting stricter now. Our speaker said that someone was already in jail just over a garbage. So he said if the CENRO inspector comes to your establishment even if the owner is not there let the inspector check what they have to do, because if they are not allowed to go inside and inspect it is automatic they will give ticket.
The CENRO office also encourages everyone to report those homeowners that brings those government owned garbage can inside their house. It’s the property of everyone the speaker said. It should be put outside where everybody can put their garbage into it. The speaker said that if you see anybody that had the garbage can inside their house, to take picture and report to the barangay officials. If the barangay officials didn’t do anything about it, then call the Cenro office and report those violators.
To really learn more about garbage segregation go to CENRO Office inside People’s Park or at CENRO Office in Agdao Public Market second floor. The Cenro people will be happy to assist you there.
Yesterday my son Jared and I went to Gaisano mall. I had to do some errand for our other business since during the holidays the courier here were closed. Plus Bob and I had been out of town too for his Santa gig. I told Jean that we will met her at G-mall. At G-mall we bought some of the stuff that’s needed for our business. We buy stuff there if SM and NCCC were out. Really our first choice to buy our stuff now would be NCCC and SM. The other mall were just secondary since SM and NCCC really paid Santa Bob good money for his gig there at their mall.
Anyway, after buying our stuff at G-mall Jared, myself and Jean rode a taxi to come home. We told the taxi that we will be going to Matina and Jean will be drop off at the Bankerohan. So when we get to Bankerohan Jean was off, it took her maybe less than 30 seconds. She just open the front door of the taxi and she’s off. Then the taxi said that he had to start (flag down again) since we drop off Jean. I told him, “really”? I said: “If you’ve waited even for 3 minutes I understand that you’re starting to flag down. She just got off within seconds of stopping and then we will be going and you’re going to start the flag down again?” He said: “Because I stopped to let her out so I will start the flag down again”. I told him: “Just stop your taxi and we’re going out”. I paid him the exact amount, I didn’t give him any tip. I’ve had before a taxi waiting for me while I was at the atm. He didn’t flag down, but it’s charging me while I was inside. I gave the taxi driver big tip. I’ve seen people here do the same the had the taxi waiting at the atm, convenient store and many others.
Since we got off the taxi we waited for Jean on what she’s doing and we got another taxi. We tested our other taxi not an orange taxi of course. We got a white taxi. We told him to drop Jean at NCCC just at the outside stairs near the highway. The taxi driver said okay. And off we went to our house without flag down or other charges from the taxi driver. Of course he got a good tip from us.
During December time Bob and I always gives good tip on every taxi ride we ever rode. For example: Like during Santa’s gig: from our house to SM Lanang the taxi fare it cost us like P127, but we gave P200 to the taxi driver, we told him to keep the change. That’s just one way. Another example: From our house to NCCC or SM Ecoland & S & R, the fare usually comes to P40. Lot’s of time we give tip like 10 to 15 on top of the P40. If we encounter a very nice and courteous driver we will give P20 – P50 more. During December we will pay P100 lots of time.
Good thing I hardly ride the orange taxi. Luckily not too many of them driving around town. I definitely quit riding with them. So thankful of other taxis that’s driving around the city. I’m so happy too that we live near the SM mall, NCCC mall and S & R. We can even just go walking to go to any of those mall. So that I don’t have to deal with those orange taxi.
Happy New Year Everyone. Stay safe!!!
Finally Mayor Duterte of Davao decided to run for President of the Philippines in the election in 2016. For Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-LABAN). Many Filipinos are thrilled with his decision especially the Mindanaoans. Really when Mayor Rody said a few months ago that he is not interested to run, many people of the Philippines were disappointed. I know that we were. Even when Aaron was still in the USA, he would tell us that if we heard from the news that Rody filed for his candidacy as president to let him know no matter what time it is in the States. Ha ha ha, in our household we are serious in supporting Duterte for president.
I know that the mayor has many enemies too especially the drug users/dealers and those other criminals, but I think the country needs a leader who is tough and not afraid of anything. It would be interesting to see how he will be living in Malacanang. I’ve heard from friends that knows him well that he always welcome poor people in his house. I’m wondering if he will do that kind of stuff in Malacanang. I know one thing he does here in Davao he welcome those indigenous people from the province and bring them to the city and feed them.
If Rody wins, I think he will be the first Mindanaoan to be the president of the Philippines. I think it’s time to have one from this island. It’s just tiring to see that it’s always people from Luzon who run the country and they don’t know much about Mindanao. I hope all of us in the south of Luzon will unite and vote for Rody. Even before he said he will run for president, I’ve seen many cars with his name already something like “Duterte for 2016“, Rody for President“, “Duterte 2016, Ato ni Bai“, “Digong for President” and many others.
I am wondering though if he also will ban the smoking all over the Philippines. I’m not sure what the smokers think of not smoking wherever they want. Here in Davao, you can smoke at the designated area the businesses have. For smokers I advise you to follow the law here if you don’t want to be just like that foreigner that was forced to swallow the cigarette butt in-front of the business owner. I wonder what the cigarette company thinks of him running for president? They might pay big money for campaign against Duterte. I’m pretty sure they are not happy of Duterte running the country and cut the profit of their business. We’ll see in the next few months what will the cigarette do.
I am really encouraging the Filipino people to vote for Duterte. This country needs a tough leader. I am also calling for the people of Mindanao to vote for him. It’s time for the Mindanaoan to have a voice. Take a look at all the improvements in the country, it’s all focused in the Luzon area.
Vote for: “RODY DUTERTE for President 2016”, “DUTERTE – CAYETANO 2016”