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At least nine barangays in Cebu City have not complied with the law on the handling of solid waste, according to a study conducted by law students.

Freshman law students of the University of Cebu (UC) found that only barangay Luz had fully complied with the provisions of Republic Act No. 9003, otherwise known as The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2001. The barangays that have not complied with the law are barangays Bulacao, Mambaling, Inayawan, Apas, Kamputhaw, Ermita, Capitol Site, Guadalupe and Tisa.

The law students organized by environmentalist lawyer Gloria Ramos submitted to Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama on Friday the continuation of their study on the status of the top 10 Cebu City barangays cited by Philippine Earth Justice Center (PEJC) as having the largest volume of garbage dumped at the Inayawan landfill in the last two years.

“Based on our study, most of the barangays fell short on the material recovery facitity (MRF) and on composting,” said April Rose Yosores, 25, a first-year student of the UC. Although they found out that most of the MRFs are already under construction, the delay is already starting to become a concern.

Based on their study, the Inayawan landfill is already posing a serious threat to the health condition and safety of the people living within and around the dumpsite since it is already filled beyond its allowed capacity.

Ramos said the distribution of the waste shredders would ease the continuous rise of the waste being thrown into the landfill. Under the leadership of Councilors Nida Cabrerra and Edu Rama, the city has already distributed waste shredders to these barangays in an effort to reduce the waste thrown into the landfill.