Solid Waste Management (SWM) ordinance strict enforcement in the municipality kicks-off today - simultaneous with the 11-day Agten Tufi fete.
SWM enforcers here would be posted in various locations to help in educating Tupinians on proper waste management, apart from a number of billboards and signages installed at municipal parks’ strategic locations highlighting ordinance penal provisions.
Prior to this, SWM Board chair, and Tupi Mayor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr. has appealed to all Tupinians to help his administration in enforcing the SWM law and ordinance.
Speaking before the SWM members and technical working group during its recent planning meeting, the mayor said, "We need your help in enforcing SWM ordinance, we need this to be culturally practice by everyone before we will be overtaken by an economic opportunities that would be taking place in the next few years.”
“Infrastructures are already in place, funds for roads construction and rehabilitation going to our barangays are already set and would soon commence. The overpass along the national highway – fronting the Catholic Church is now set for constructions,” the mayor said, adding, “we are preparing our municipality for an economic boom, and we need to have proper waste management - so it won't pose problems to Tupi once economic boom takes off," the mayor said.
Tupi started SWM strict implementation on July 1, this year. Setting the example, Tamayo started within the municipal government offices, the Public Market, and public schools. Now, SWM enforcers have focused its campaign in educating the public.
In a dialogue conducted last July 24, 2014, at Tupi public market, the SWM team in coordination with the market administrator and the public market vendors association had agreed to do some innovative approached on market waste management.
Among the agreements reached was for the vendors to segregate their wastes properly, and disposed the same at the designated collection point. Collectors will retrieve the segregated garbage at the collection point.
The enforcers will be setting up an SWM Action Center booth at the municipal plaza to help in educating the people of Tupi on environment. Online SWM Action Center via Facebook will also be available to the public.
During the 11 day festival, enforcers will apprehend, penalized, and educate litterers.