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Starting April 1, the mayor closed the landfill to dumping and ordered the strict implementation of the “no segregation, no collection policy” under City Ordinance 2031.

On the second day of the implementation on Saturday, some villages in the city were issued citation tickets by the City Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Team, after they failed to segregate their waste. Some of the barangays that were apprehended were Ermita, Tisa, Bulacao and Suba.

Uncollected garbage was seen along the city’s streets on Saturday, particularly V. Rama, some areas in Guadalupe, Lahug, Suba, Labangon and Ermita, said Councilor Nida Cabrera.

Cabrera, who chairs the council’s committee on environment, is asking the barangays to embrace the new order, saying it will be good for everybody. Under City Ordinance 2031, violators will be fined P500 on the first offense, P1,000 on the second offense and face one month’s imprisonment on the third violation.

“It’s not perfect, as we have expected, but the challenge is for the barangays to implement it,” said the mayor. “Dili man mahimo nga ilang biyaan ang mga basura diha kay sila ra man sab ang nganlan ug hugawan (They can’t just leave the garbage lying around, or they’ll be branded as unclean),” Rama said. The enforcement of the “no segregation, no collection” policy on trash here is imperfect, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said, but the rules will stay in effect.

He noticed that not all of the barangays complied with the policy, but added they have no choice but to follow, since the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill will now accept only segregated and residual wastes. The move to enforce the solid waste management law in Cebu City gained an award-winning environmentalist’s approval.

Lawyer Antonio Oposa Jr., a Ramon Magsaysay awardee, said the names of barangay officials who oppose the closure of the Inayawan landfill and the segregation of waste in households will be posted in online social networks.

“The city officials today must be given due credit for their exercise of the necessary political will. What Cebu City has done is an example that must be emulated by the entire country,” said Oposa. He described the Inayawan landfill’s closure as long overdue.

Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 requires barangays to segregate garbage and build materials recovery facilities.