Littering violators on the rise — CESET
Kristine B. Quintas/JMD (The Freeman) - February 10, 2014 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines - Over 1,000 cases of violations against littering have been recorded this year by the Cebu City Environmental and Sanitation and Enforcement Team (CESET).

CESET chief Grace Luardo in a text message to The Freeman confirmed the increasing number of violators of the city's environmental acts incurred in January alone of this year.

CESET is the enforcement arm of the city that implements punitive measures and provisions of the anti-littering ordinance.

Stipulated under Executive Order (EO) 00-45 issued by then mayor Tomas Osmeña, CESET has the power to apprehend and penalize those who will be caught violating environmental policies.

The City's Environmental and Natural Resources Office (CCENRO) head Randy Navarro in a phone interview said littering is punishable under the law.

The first offense, he said, will be meted with penalty of P500, second offense of P1000 while the third offense entails higher penalty of six-month imprisonment and over P1,000 monetary penalty. The first and second offenses have compromise agreement like community service of one day to compensate the environmental charges.

"Maluoy man ta sa (violators) pero angayan man ni sila pasakahan og kaso para ma-remind sila nga dili magpatakag labay sa basura, pangihi ug panigarilyo bisan asa dapita," Navarro said.

In line with this, at least 380 CESET officers and Barangay Environmental Officers (BEOs) tomorrow will undergo a strategic planning to "strengthen the enforcement of anti-littering and other environmental ordinances of the city toward enhancing the city's solid waste management system."

The city council last Wednesday has approved an amount of P456,000 intended for the one-day orientation seminar. The amount will be charged against the city's shares in the PAGCOR Funds.

 Navarro said the seminar is in accordance with the Republic Act (R.A.) 9003 otherwise known as Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

He added that proper segregation of sources, no collection policy, compulsory recycling, reduction of waste, among others will also be tackled.

Moreover, Navarro said a solid waste management committee will be established in all 80 barangays of Cebu City in line with the city's thrust of "Gubat sa Basura," which was piloted in 2010 during administration of Mayor Michael Rama.

Navarro said they will try to launch the said committee next month which will be monitored by the Solid Waste Management Board and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

"Di man na lisod i-implement sa barangay kay well-guided man ang mga environmental officers," he said. — (FREEMAN)

BARANGAY ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICERS CEBU CITY CEBU CITY ENVIRONMENTAL AND SANITATION AND ENFORCEMENT TEAM CITY ECOLOGICAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT ACT ENVIRONMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES OFFICE EXECUTIVE ORDER GRACE LUARDO NAVARRO
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