The EcoWaste Coalition, a waste and pollution watchdog, welcomed a resolution adopted by the City Council of Manila to enhance ecological waste management during the observance of Undas.
Filed by District II Councilor Numero G. Lim and adopted in a session presided over by Councilor Marlon M. Lacson, President Pro Tempore, the City Council “strongly called for vigilance against littering, indiscriminate disposal of garbage and other wasteful acts in public cemeteries” in Manila.
The City Council urged the City Department of Public Services, the City Department of Health and concerned barangays and NGOs to “strictly enforce regarding prohibitions against littering and other forms of harmful practices such as open burning and open dumping,” which are unlawful acts under Republic Act 9003, the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.
The City Council also urged the “deploy(ment) by the City Department of Public Services of adequate number of personnel before, during and after Undas (October 31, November 1 and 2) to help with the sanitation, clean-up and upkeep of cemeteries and adjacent communities, as well as with the enforcement of anti-littering ordinances.”
The City Council further urged concerned barangays to initiate the following waste prevention and reduction measures:
-“put up banners reminding visitors that their barangay and cemetery is a waste-free zone and litterbugs will be duly penalized”
-“put up recycling stations in high human traffic areas to assist visitors in properly managing their discards”
– “mobilize community volunteers and/or engage the services of waste pickers or informal recyclers to help with the cleanliness and the ecological management of discards”
– “require vendors to have their own waste bins and to clean up their assigned spots”
– “encourage vendors to refrain from using or giving single-use plastic disposables such as bags, cups, straws, etc. and to serve beverage and food in reusable glasses, mugs and plates”