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Baguio City dad proposes ordinance institutionalizing environment week

Baguio City councilor Elaine Sembrano has proposed an ordinance institutionalizing the first week of June of each year as the “City Environment Week” and appropriating funds for the activities or any activity related to the observation.

Sembrano on Tuesday, March 7 said the proposal was based on Republic Act 9003 or the Philippine Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000; the General Welfare Clause of the Local Government Code of 1991 as amended and Baguio City Ordinance 18, series of 2016, or the Environment Code of the City of Baguio.

These laws call for the creation of activities that encourage environmental protection, conservation and rehabilitation, Sembrano added.

The proposed ordinance aims to come up with a regular and city government-sponsored and sanctioned activity as an avenue for the Information. Education and Communication (IEC) drive of policies, programs and projects on health and sanitation, waste management and environmental protection initiated by the local government unit including private sector initiatives on matters of public concern.

Once approved, the ordinance will mandate the creation of a committee for its implementation with the mayor as chair, general services officer as action officer and representatives from the government and private sectors as members.

An appropriation of PhP100,000 may be sourced from the city’s general fund or from the Ecological Solid Waste Management fund for its implementation.

The Proposed Ordinance was approved on its first reading. (PNA) LAP/JOJO B. LAMARIA