A Call for Action: "The Zero Waste Goal", Mandatory Implementation to Pampanga Province

A Call for Action: "The Zero Waste Goal", Mandatory Implementation to Pampanga Province

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Alyssa Alonzo started this petition to Provincial Government of Pampanga and

         “In a press briefing of #ZeroWaste cities on Sunday, October 13, San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago shared how his city brought residual waste to just 20% from 85%.” — in a news column published in Rappler by Aika Rey on the same day.

         In the City of San Fernando’s (CSFP) goal to zero waste, the city has been progressively implementing a no-segregation, no-collection policy in all its covered barangay.

         In addition to the no-segregation, no-collection policy under the Republic Act 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000), the city implemented a total ban on plastic bags especially on malls and stores. Paper bags are being substituted to plastics in order to reduce the amount of plastics in the city.

         According to zero waste world, “As of June 13, 2015, San Fernando has declared a total ban on plastic bags which has an 85% compliance rate today.” This total ban is in accordance with the city’s Plastic-Free Ordinance in 2014 (Ordinance No. 2014-008). This policy immediately took effect and has been active until today.

         Therefore, we recommend a strict implementation of these policies not just in the coverage of City of San Fernando (CSFP), but to the whole province of Pampanga. As stated by Mayor Edwin Santiago “Ang gusto natin ay iinvolve ang lahat ng sektor dahil ang basura ay problema nating lahat, at hindi kaya ng gubyerno nang mag-isa, kailangan ang pakikiisa ng bawat mamamayan.”

         Moreover, the “Zero Waste Goal” is beneficial for all citizens, and the environment. In compliance with “No Segregation, No Collection” policy, each city should strictly enforce the proper maintenance of the Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) which process the gathered recyclable materials from different barangays, and convert it into useful raw materials that can be sold to various manufacturers. Hence, a profitable and cost-effective policy. Additionally, the said program promotes a great sense of responsibility for every household, and community to practice segregation regularly, and reduce the use of plastic bags.

         In 2015, a study conducted by a team of researchers in the United States and Australia shows that the Philippines ranks third among 20 countries in plastic waste pollution in global marine waters due to mismanaged plastic waste. With the aid of “Zero Waste Goal” and by educating residents about waste management policies, particularly those who live near the bodies of water, the possibility of them contributing to water pollution will be lessened, as their awareness reaches greater heights. Thus, allowing residents living in remote areas who do not have any access to clean, and safe drinking water, to now acquire potable water. Overall, this program provides us a centralized, governed, and comprehensive waste management plan to foster health security, and sustainable development.

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