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FROM THE MAIL | IDIS launches Basura Patrol Campaign, calls for volunteers

THE Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability (IDIS) Inc. launched another activity dubbed Basura Patrol. This project aims to lessen or eradicate the open dumps and garbage piles heaping at empty lots, riverbanks, and roadsides of Davao City.

With the recurring flooding situation happening to Davao City, solid waste management is crucial now more than ever. The Basura Patrol envisions a City free from open dumps and garbage piles with a strong “netizen” commitment to monitor waste pollution. 

The Basura Patrol encourages netizens to be volunteer patrollers. Volunteers are tasked to locate and take photos of open dumps or garbage piles observed in their respective areas and submit them to IDIS thru email or Facebook. IDIS will then help report it to the appropriate

Barangay and City Environment and Natural Resource Office (CENRO) for appropriate action, such as collection, clean-up, or restoration.

In 2016, IDIS assisted in reporting a heaping dump filled with mixed wastes, such as wrappers, left-over food, bottles, damaged appliances at a public Viewing Deck in Shrine Hills. Due to the reports and clamor from the citizens, joggers, and cyclists, the Barangay Matina Crossing conducted a clean-up and restoration of the area. A signboard informing the public on “Bawal Maglabay og Basura” was also installed after. Just last year, IDIS documented open dumps in several streets in Davao City. Unattended and improperly disposed of wastes threaten the health of humans, wildlife, and the environment. If allowed to

remain, open dumps often grow larger and may attract both solid and hazardous waste dumping.

“Open dumps and garbage piles must be urgently reported, restored, and cleaned up while the volume of wastes is still manageable. These are not just an eyesore, but these dumps will continue to accumulate through time if not addressed and, will pose a threat to health and the environment. We also encourage Dabawenyos to be a volunteer patroller and help us in reporting any existence of these dumps in your areas.” EnP. Lemuel Lloyd Manalo, IDIS Program Coordinator said.

It is prohibited to illegally dump mixed wastes, such as open dumping and uncollected wastes under the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (RA9003). 

Willing volunteers can sign up through the IDIS Facebook page and attend an online orientation on the activity this March 22, 2022. IDIS believes that Dabawenyos can live in a healthier environment and more sustainable Davao City through working together.

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