In time with the observance of Zero Waste Month in January, representatives of environmental groups here called for the decentralization of waste management systems at the barangay level and to practice proper waste segregation at source.
Zero Waste Cities Project Dumaguete Project Manager Merci Ferrer explained that bringing down waste management systems and processes to the barangay level is the essence of R.A. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. She believes this is the best approach to address the city’s garbage problem.
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PNP: crime dips in city
Dumaguete City police’s campaign to eradi-cate the threat of illegal drugs in the city resulted to a drop in crimes from a high of 2,534 incidents in 2017 to 1,730 in 2018.
More than P9-M worth of illegal drugs were seized in 79 operations in 2018 compared to P447,000 in 2017 from 28 anti-drugs operations by the Dumaguete City Police Station. Former City Chief of Police Jonathan Pineda said there were 804 less crime incidents last year owing to the various anti-crime strategies. Of the 79 operations in 2018, 95 pushers were arrested, 3 died, and 130 cases were filed compared to 23 pushers apprehended and 30 cases filed in 2017.