Baguio City, Philippines – The city government of Baguio had finally come to its senses and for the first time, though delayed, has now complied with the provision of a law mandating all local government units about waste management. The city officials, headed by the mayor, called upon the attention of all community leaders to implement drastic measures and address the worsening garbage of their constituents. The said guidelines, as per commitment to R.A. 9003, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, commands all leaders and residents to follow the segregation process of all their refuse.
Unfortunately, the Mayor met varied reaction from all over the city’s residents and leaders alike. The hardheadedness of the people stymied the good intention of the city officials. But the city Mayor is absolute in his decision to implement his order. The “no segregation, no garbage collection” policy became final. But it seems the residents and community leaders are one in defying the order. As usual, the residents dispose their refuse in bulk. Nobody care to segregate their garbage, prompting the city government to suspend their garbage collection operation.
The tit for tat and distressing confrontation has led to garbage crisis. Uncollected garbage strewn all over the place became an eye sore. The city started to stink much like an open dumpsite full of flies and disease causing elements. The people themselves are to blame because of their indifference and uncooperative attitude. Expect the problem will continue until the people learn and accept that there is a law to follow.