The Municipality of Jagna launched Municipal Resolution No. 4-01-2011 “A Resolution Encouraging Buyers and Sellers of Groceries and Other Commercial Items to Refrain from Using as Their Containers – Any Kind of Plastic or Cellophane Bags Which Are Non-Biodegradable”.
Adopted last January 24, 2011 this resolution is sponsored by Municipal Councilor Bonifacio Virtudes, Jr. who is the Chairman on the Committee on Health and Sanitation.
The resolution anchors on RA 9003, Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, which mandates LGUs to control, manage the generation, collection, storage, transport and disposal of solid waste in its jurisdiction.
The Municipality has an established Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) Program which has full responsibility in this aspect.
The ISWM has been effective in managing solid waste collection in the municipality but is plagued by the problem of a sanitary landfill.
A need to minimize generation of solid waste was seen as an immediate answer to this problem. Plastic bags were observed to be the major contributor of the collected solid waste by the ISWM. Thus, a proposal was made by the Technical Working Group (TWG) to start using baskets, bayong and or any reusable containers when making purchases at the Jagna Public Market only during Wednesdays for starters.
The campaign slogan “Go Jagna-anon Bayong na ang Atong Gamiton” went around the town in a motorcade headed by Goyo Boy, official mascot of the ISWM, Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla, LGU elected officials, department heads, municipal employees, Punong Barangays with the members of the Barangay Committee on Environment. It ended at the Jagna Public Market for the launching program.
School principals and teachers attended the launching as well as pupils and supreme student government bodies of high schools.
The barangays and the students were invited to the event as they play a crucial role in the dissemination of information of the Bring Your Own Bayong Campaign to their respective barangays and in the schools.
In a message by Engr. Peter Jamero, Chairman, TWG, ISWM, he will make efforts to monitor waste collection and see if there really is a decrease in solid waste collection in comparison to the collection before the campaign.
Mayor Fortunato Abrenilla strongly urged the public to support the campaign citing the recent floodings experienced in the town wherein garbage such as plastic bags were found to have clogged up the already very restricted waterways causing such destruction of properties.