SANGGUNIAN ADOPTED THE ENVIRONMENT AND SANITATION CODE OF OLONGAPO CITY
The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Olongapo City adopted the ENVIRONMENT AND SANITATION CODE OF OLONGAPO CITY as proposed by the Environmental Sanitation and Management Office.
It can be recalled that the City of Olongapo is a recipient of the country's Galing Pook Award on several occasions and dubbed as one of the cleanest and greenest highly urbanized cities in the country, due to this accomplishments, Olongapo has become a model for other Local Government Units.
The cleanliness and discipline accolades have been institutionalized through City Ordinance No. 56, AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AN ENVIRONMENT AND SANITATION CODE OF OLONGAPO CITY, which was enacted way back in 13 December 1995.
The sanggunian finds that some provisions of the above code needs to be updated to fully comply and meet the requirements set forth by Republic Act No. 9003, ECOLOGICAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2000
Further, the amended City Ordinance No. 56, will provide specific and detailed guidelines to the garbage containerization project currently being implemented city-wide in addition to the planned repairs, rehabilitation and upgrade of the existing controlled dumpsite into a sanitary landfill.
Stakeholders' Specific Responsibilities, MRF Management and Operations, Handling and Storage of Solid Wastes, Collection and Transport of Solid Wastes and Penal Provisions were among those sections enhanced to be relevant to current situation. Fees were not amended since it is contained in an ordinance passed last year.
City Ordinance 2009 O - 45 - Entitled AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE ENVIRONMENT AND SANITATION CODE OF OLONGAPO CITY is in consonance with the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, the Sanitation Code of the Philippines and other related environmental protocols.
Councilors Jong Cortez and Ed Piano conducted public hearing pertaining to the proposed ENVIRONMENT AND SANITATION CODE, representatives from DENR, DEPED, NGOs and private sector were present. Photo above shows ESMO personnel (between Piano and Cortez) shedding light to queries of stakeholders.