ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE ENVIRONMENT AND SANITATION CODE OF OLONGAPO
Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. has approved Ordinance No. 01 Series of 2010 or the ordinance Adopting the Environment and Sanitation Code of Olongapo.
To endure the protection of public health and environment; proper segregation, collection, transport, storage, treatment and disposal of solid wastes; set guidelines for solid waste and volume reduction through recycling, re-use and recovery; encourage greater private sector participation; and institutionalize public participation are just some of the policies mentioned to adopt a systematic development and implementation of waste management program.
Because waste management is such a huge problem in many parts of the country, this ordinance has given specific responsibilities not only to the Hazardous Waste (HW) Generators and Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) Management and Operations but, also, to the Olongapo City Government, Barangay Captains and residents.
Residual wastes intended for disposal are not to be mixed with recyclable wastes like bottles, glass, papers, wood, plastic, metal, etc. Recyclable wastes are to be collected by accredited MRF operators by each respective barangay.
Listed below is the schedule of collection:
1. Zone 1- Mondays and Thursdays
(Banicain, New Kababae, West Tapinac, New Ilalim, West BAjac-BAjac, Kalaklan and Bo. Barretto)
2. Zone 2- Tuesdays and Fridays
(Asinan, New Kalalake, Pag-asa, East Tapinac, East Bajac-Bajac and Mabayuan)
3. Zone 3- Wednesdays and Saturdays
(Gordon Heights, Sta. Rita, Old Cabalan and New Cabalan)
4. Zone 4- Mondays to Sundays
(Public Markets, Rizal Avenue, Magsaysay Drive, 14th Street, Gordon Avenue, Elicano Street, Fendler Street and 20th Street)
Tuesdays and Fridays- collection of excess wastes as requested
Fridays- collection of recyclables by respective barangays or cluster of barangays
Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays- for the collection of wet garbage from households, eateries, canteens and restaurants
Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays- for the collection and disposal of hospital wastes.
This ordinance prohibits littering and indiscriminate dumping of waste matters in public places; transport and dumping of domestic, industrial and institutional wastes outside the landfill; street salvaging and scavenging; open burning of solid wastes among others.
Anyone who violates the provisions of the ordinance will, upon conviction, be penalized with fine of not less than one thousand pesos (P1,000.00) or imprisonment of not less than fifteen (15) days.
The ordinance was passed unanimously by the City Councilors Edwin J. Piano, Angelito W. Baloy, John Carlos G. delos Reyes, Sarah Lugerna Garcia, Rodel S. Cerezo, Anselmo A. Aquino, Elena C. Dabu, Jonathan G. Manalo, Cheenee F. Hoya, Gina Perez with Aquilino Y. Cortez, Jr. as main sponsor.