One of the greatest challenges faced by New Barili, Tampilisan, ZDN and even our country now is the growing problem in environmental pollution. Several factors contribute to this problem, and one of those is the Improper Solid Waste management of the people. Hence, the formulation of the Republic Act 9003 also known as Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. This Act was created to increase people’s awareness on the effect of improper waste management. It revolves around Waste Characterization, Proper Waste Collection and Transfer, Waste Processing, Proper Waste Reduction at source and Recycling.
Based from our 8-day survey in Barangay New Barili, 67% of the total households do not practice proper waste segregation, and 69% do not practice proper waste disposal. During our ocular survey, tons of litters were observed in the different puroks of the barangay especially on hill sides. What is alarming is that, just below the hills is the river which is the source of their water. Our hearts got wounded by seeing this reality, and more so if this problem continuous on and on. The beautiful sceneries would be such a waste if it is to be filled with unwanted clutter of trash.
But the good thing is that this concern was also opened up by the people during the Community Assembly. Some are still unaware of the consequences of this action, but we saw in them a great deal of concern after a brief explanation. There are numbers of possible effects of this problem like an increase in number of vector and pest, thus, may increase number of vector-borne diseases and may cause financial burden if members of the family get sick. Another major effect is air, soil, and water pollution due to improper waste disposals.
There are actually many programs regarding solid waste management. The challenge on our part is more on choosing the appropriate techniques or programs suited for the location and which they can apply without additional burden. The challenge is now on everyone’s hand, and we are ready to KICK some garbage… into their correct segregated disposals!
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