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.
“If you’re voting for Roxas, or Poe, or Santiago, or Binay, I respect your decision. This does not come with an assumption that you’ve lost your mind. “I don’t call you names because I take it, you have your own reasons. After all, choosing a president is your choice alone to make, not anyone else’s.I hope you already had a pretty good choice of who to vote for. Don’t be persuade by money. In short don’t let the candidate buy your vote. Stand up and vote on what you believed in. Please go out and cast your vote on election day. Mabuhay Philippines!“When you campaign for your candidate, I feel for you because I do the same for mine. I put on red & blue shirts that really don’t compliment my skin tone or wear ballers that make my wrist itch. “You do what you can for the president you believe in just as I do for Duterte. I would brave a crowd just to raise my right fist with him and sing a song that I found really cheesy 3 weeks ago. “I only have one request, if you could give me that. Please treat me with respect as I do you. Don’t presume that I’m lazy, or an idiot, or a retard, or a fanatic simply because you don’t agree with me. “Like you, I am a Filipino too. I have the Philippines in mind too when I picked my choice. “If you are so irritated with us posting the good things about Duterte, write your own Roxas story too if you have one, post photos of Binay’s full- packed rallies too if you could find one, share Poe’s successful projects too if she has any. “Dismissing what I have to say about my president as a lie, a fragment of my imagination, a mere exaggeration, or downright attacking me with hostile arguments only makes me think that you have nothing good to say about yours.”
Two weeks ago I saw on my newsfeed on Facebook some really awesome pictures of a public market. I thought at first it’s somewhere from other countries in Asia. I didn’t really look at the text or anything. Then I saw it again, so I checked it out. I was so amazed and so happy that the place, it’s here in the Philippines in Maramag, Bukidnon in the island of Mindanao to be exact. It’s shocking, don’t you think? I never thought it could happened here in the Philippines. I’ve dreamed of places like this for so many years. I’ve seen places like this on TV. I’ve seen the Pike’s Market in Seattle and it’s really clean and orderly. In Europe I only saw that on TV. As you know the public market in the Philippines most really smell bad.
We like to watch cooking shows and those shows traveled to many places in Europe especially Spain. Seeing the public market there I’m in awe of it. Loved their market there, you can just eat at the side walk. They had so many different vendors for almost everything. They’re selling almost anything. I’m so wishing we had like that here. I’ve seen also some public market here in our neighboring Asian countries. Some of those countries have nice and so clean public markets. They have fresh seafood, meats and produce that the vendors will cook for you there on the spot. They also cooked some exotic foods. Bob and I will always says we want to try their food because it looks so good.
Speaking of Maramag we’ve been to that area too many times. It’s one of the many stops to go to Cagayan De Oro. One time we stopped by there for a friend to check out his sort of bed and breakfast. I forgot the name of his B&B though. Not been in that area for awhile now. Honestly it’s not really a big of a town. So good that they started the trend here hopefully the rest of the Philippines will follow.
I really wonder why that small town can make their public market so nice and clean? Here we got so many big cities but the market were so super dirty and smells bad. We’ve been living here in Davao for almost 14 years. I think I only saw the Bankerohan so clean and orderly when there was that conference held here in the city a few years back. I’ve never seen the market so clean again after that. The Agdao market is the same too. Well, maybe less smelly I guess than Bankerohan. Same in GenSan, I’ve never seen that market there to be so clean either.
I’m so hoping that Maramag will be the beginning of the public market clean up around the Philippines. If the people of Maramag can do it I’m sure the rest of the public market vendors all throughout the Philippines can do it. I think the public market officials all over the Philippines need to see and meet up with the officials in Maramag and learn from them. It’s really a must for them to do it. Majority of the People in the Philippines go to public market to buy almost everything they need in the house especially their food. Reason public markets are way cheaper than in the grocery mall.
The people that will be shopping there also be discipline to not be throwing their garbage wherever they want. Do you think we all can do this? I really hope so. I hope it’s not too late. Do you think people will like the idea of being discipline what to do? Don’t throw garbage all over the place? Don’t spit anywhere? Please be orderly?
I’m hoping really for the best for the people here. I hope they like the change if ever.