Davao City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Head Engr. Marivic Reyes said that as of May 17, 2022, approximately 80% of the total campaign paraphernalia scattered across Davao City had been collected for proper disposal.

Engr. Reyes said that the segregation of campaign materials is underway and those recyclables will be recycled. The non-reusable campaign materials will end up in the city landfills. The reusable materials will be handed over to local livelihood organizations that can recycle them into usable products.

The CENRO Head said while they have started the process, the materials recovery effort should be a joint effort between CENRO and all Davao City barangay units. However, she admits that the City’s campaign for waste segregation at the barangay level—mandated by the Davao City’s Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance of 2009—remains challenging.

“Padayon ta sa barangay, coordination with the barangay kapitan at the same time the chairman ng committee on environment. Though we are campaigning for the full implementation of the waste segregation but kadalasan dili gyud sila masustain ba. Karon musegregate but in the long run, dili makapadayon, kinahanglan gyud og sunod-sunod, kinahanglan jud og pasensya …” (We continue to coordinate with the barangay captains and the chairman on committee environment at the same time. Though we are campaigning for the full implementation of waste segregation, most barangays can’t sustain the practice. They need constant follow-ups, patience.)

Of the 182 barangays in Davao City, only 30 practice waste segregation religiously, Engr. Reyes said.

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte on Monday urged citizens to help in the clean-up effort by reporting any uncollected campaign material they happen to find. CIO