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.
While on a jeepney ride from our place to the downtown area, I overheard another passenger’s conversation with an older lady and a not so young lady sitting next to each other.. It intrigued me big time. The traffic did not bother me, that’s the good thing. Lol. Thank God.
The conversation goes: Older lady talking: Her son got and accident and badly injured his head. They were staying in a hospital here in Davao City at Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC or formerly called DMC) for 2 months and it should cost them like over 300K. It’s a government hospital. The older lady said with the help of the social services and PCSO and local government here and the local government in the place where she’s from when they got out of the hospital they paid only 1K. All of the medicine for her son was paid by her local government and some donations from others. She’s not from Davao City area. The mom just said that they come to the hospital every month for check up. The medicine were already taking care of by donations and some from their local government. She said she doesn’t mind waiting at the hospital for hours or almost a day. She’s just thankful that the government helped them out. She said even if they wait a few days, it’s okay for her. She adds they got everything almost free anyway.
The other younger lady chimed in about her neighbor. The kid of her neighbor got ill. The parents of that kid brought the kid to the hospital SPMC hospital. The kid needs surgery and other sickness comes up. He comes to the hospital for therapy, eye care and other medical needs. I guess they also are happy to wait in line for hours because the kid got free medical care.
While listening to those ladies, I was thinking of my nephew when he was hospitalized in that hospital a few years ago. I posted an article here a few years back. My nephew got burned on his feet, the heel of his 2 feet were burned, he lost almost all his toes. He stayed in that hospital for a little over a month. The school that my nephew got injured paid some of the cost and others from charities. My brother was really happy that the school worked out everything with the social services and charities. I think my nephew was given some free medicines from the pharmacy too. I’m not sure on that though. It was really a scary time for my brother seeing his son suffered. I saw my nephew last month, I’m happy to say here that his feet healed pretty good.
The older lady said the only thing if you want to be treated on that hospital, you have to have patience. Just don’t get mad if you went there early in the morning and it’s not uncommon that you will be seeing the doctor in the early afternoon or late afternoon. That hospital really catered for the poor people. Those ladies said they go there every time they have medical problems even if they wait long hours.