I sit in the Bacolod City Solid Waste Management Board in behalf of the
Bacolod Anti-Baha Alliance, an NGO, and representing the private sector. I am
relieved to share here that our SWM board finally submitted to the Dept. of
Environment and Natural Resources our 10-year solid waste management plan. This
is our city's first such plan, 13 years after the national garbage law, R.A.
9003, was passed. For this landmark achievement, I congratulate our hard-working
board, headed by Mayor Monico Puentevella and City Administrator Rolando
Villamor. I especially applaud our Technical Working Group, headed by Executive
Assistant Ma. Fe Trespuentes, for painstakingly putting the plan together. The
TWG is made up of members of our SWM board who are working at city hall, such as
department heads, to ensure accountability. And that is a good thing.