By Russel Renz R. Garcia (JD 1)
The implementation of an effective solid waste management plan is a global dilemma. There is an endless generation of waste from man’s activity, which is practically inevitable as a result of industrialization. Although many groups advocate for its reduction, they will always rely on the strict implementation of laws.
Bacolod City, a highly urbanized city in the Province of Negros Occidental, generates close to 500 tons of garbage per day based on the data of the Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB). On February 24, 2015, the National Solid Waste Management Commission approved the 10-year Solid Waste Management Plan of Bacolod City following the Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (RA 9003) and its corresponding Implementing Rules and Regulations.
This study aims to review the compliance of Bacolod City Government with the key provisions of RA 9003 as guaranteed by the approved Solid Waste Management Plan. Specifically, it seeks to assess the compliance and challenges: (1) on waste collection and recycling, (2) on waste treatment and disposal, and (3) on public awareness and participation.