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Called the Green Police, they wake up at wee hours of the morning and proceed to the waste collection area as early as 5:00 AM to make sure that bags of garbage brought there by residents are properly segregated.

It has been six years now since they committed to this responsibility, and they have not lost enthusiasm. They are grandmothers and mothers organized by the Bontoc Local Government Unit (LGU) through the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO). They have responsibilities at home and office work; they have businesses to run and rice fields to attend too; but they have the time and commitment to waste management. They do not see it as a burden.

This has become routine to the women in the four central villages of Bontoc to include Barangays Samoki, Caluttit, Poblacion and Bontoc Ili, for an hour every morning, to ensure that garbage is segregated and the public are informed on how to properly segregate their waste. This is their initiative and contribution to solving the garbage problem in the capital town. For many years, Bontoc used to operate an open dump site in Matoytoy-ok, Caluttit above the Chico River until the Kalinga Anti-Pollution Action Group (KAPAG) filed a Writ of Kalikasan at the Court of Appeals (CA) against the Bontoc LGU in 2012. The municipality, acknowledging its obligation to observe the prohibition of the operation of a dumpsite as mandated by Republic Act (RA) 9003 and its environmental impact, boldly decided to close the open dumpsite.

Voluntarism: How the Green Police Started

The Green Police were neither chosen nor hired by the municipal government to solve the garbage problem in Bontoc. They are women who volunteered their time and effort without expecting monetary compensation or reward. When the municipal government sponsored a training for Green Police in June 2013, these women enthusiastically responded and signed in.

Aurelia P. Ofo-ob was one among those who got interested and attended the seminar. Together with other participants, they were trained on how to re-use and recycle cellophanes turning these into bottled bricks, flower pots, table cloth, bags, wallets and cellphone cases, among others.

The knowledge and skills that Aurelia and her co-participants have acquired were then utilized after the training. It was the beginning of a bigger responsibility. Among themselves, they united and agreed that they need to act. With the guidance from the MENRO, the Green Police came into action.

Embracing Challenges

Change is not easy. It cannot happen overnight. The same with making the public segregate their waste at home or at their business establishments before bringing it to the waste collection area. This was the first problem encountered by the Green Police when the “Segregation at Source” and “No Segregation, No Collection” was implemented by the municipal government.

Aurelia, a member of the Green Police in Barangay Samoki and detailed at the waste collection area along the road in Kalonglong narrated the struggle they had to face every time garbage was collected, and how they cope with it.

When the segregation of biodegradable, non-biodegradable and residual wastes was introduced, not everyone was responsive to this. Even with the massive Information Education Campaign (IEC) conducted by the municipal government on garbage management, some stubbornly brought their garbage unsegregated, others half- heartedly segregate their waste, and when asked by the Green Police at the collection posts, and there were few who irresponsibly stressed that ”garbage is garbage, so leave it as it is.”

Still, the Green Police stood on their ground and patiently explained to the residents the reason for the strict implementation of solid waste management policies. Like teaching a child the alphabet, the Green Police patiently showed and taught the public proper waste segregation practices.
Their task for the day did not end with policing those who brought their garbage at the waste collection posts. “We leave the collection area when the garbage truck leaves with all the garbage then we knock from door to door to check their garbage bins and remind them of the schedule of garbage collection and the proper waste segregation,” Aurelia relayed.

As per observation, those who are staying as transients in boarding houses were the common violators of the policy to segregate garbage at its source and the schedule of bringing out their garbage. Some even brought their unsegregated garbage to the waste collection posts the night before the schedule. The garbage would be scattered by stray dogs. The Green Police, uncomplaining, would sweep and collect the unsegregated garbage irresponsibly left by the public.

The Green Police do not complain. It is their duty five times a week, doing it for free. And they will not back out. But they stress that compliance to garbage segregation and disposal should be a shared responsibility of everyone.

Thus the Green Police appealed to those who live near the garbage collection areas to help them by reporting those who dump their garbage outside of the garbage collection schedule and report it to the Green Police and/or barangay officials concerned.

Since the Green Police started this vocation, improved compliance by the public may be observed. Now, rarely do the Green Police see scattered garbage, rarely do they see unsegregated garbage, and rarely do they hear complaints from the public.

Additional responsibilities were given to them, and they accepted it with gusto. The Green Police were given the green signal by Bontoc Mayor Franklin C. Odsey to issue citation tickets to those who litter, spit, as well as those establishments and persons who use Styrofoam and plastic bags for dry goods.

Partners for Change

The municipal government recognized the role of the Green Police in bringing order to garbage.

For health, sanitation and safety, they were each provided by the municipal government a pair of boots, gloves and a flashlight. Apart from this, they were also provided uniforms including a vest and a jacket to keep them warm especially when they go out in the early morning.

Recognizing their industry, patience and dedication, Mayor Franklin C. Odsey together with the members of the Sangguniang Bayan in 2016 gratefully allocated from the municipality’s annual budget a P1, 000.00 honoraria per month of every member of the Green Police. This increased to P1, 200.00 per month in 2017.

Even with this token appreciation of their efforts, the Bontoc Green Police say they continue help in waste management not for fame or reward. They also do not take all the credit in how garbage disposal was put in order. What matters to them is that people opened their ears to listen and opened their eyes to see that everyone has a part to play in finding a solution to the garbage problem. They are more than happy that they made a difference on the attitude of the community towards garbage.

What an achievement which the Green Police that deserves glory and honor! This noble action of our Green Police may be small, but its impact to the Bontoc community is gargantuan.



Sangguniang Bayan Ordinances

2014 Ordinances

No. 249. An ordinance creating the business permit and Licensing Section under the office of the Municipal Mayor and transferring the existing position of Licensing Officer I, from the office of the Municipal treasurer to man the new section upon creation.pdf

No. 248. An ordinance abolishing the existing vacant plantilla position, Revenue Collection Officer I, SG-11 and the creation of two (2) Local Revenue Collection Clerk I, SG-5.pdf

No. 247. An ordinance realigning the five thousand pesos (P 5,000.00) from communication expense fund of two (2) Personnel of the Engineering Office (Resolution No. 623, s. 2014) - to payment of lot rental of the Bontoc waterworks reservoir at Balabag, Talubin.pdf

No. 245. An ordinance creating the persons with disabilities affairs office of the Municipal Local Government unit of Bontoc, Mountain Province.pdf

No. 244. An Ordinance realigning the ten thousand pesos (Php. 10,000.00) from repair of office equipment (Account code 821) of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of CY 2014 Municipal Annual budget - to purchase of one (1) set printer with continous ink flow of the same office..pdf

No. 243. An ordinance repealing Ordinance No. 238 s. 2014 dated July 14, 2014 of the Sangguniang Bayan of this municipality.pdf

No. 242. An ordinance creating various positions in the Municipal plantilla of this Municipality and providing the corresponding salary grade thereof.pdf

No. 240. An ordinance to transfer the position of Administrative Aide III (Driver I) from the office of the vice mayor to the office of the municipal mayor, and the position of administrative aide I (Utility worker I) from the accounting office to the office of the Municipal planning and development office (MPDO).pdf

No. 239. An ordinance realigning various office appropriations in the 2014 Bontoc Municipal annual budget.pdf

No. 238. An ordinance realigning appropriations / funds in the non-office portion of the 2014 Municipal Annual budget - to capital outlay requirement, specified herein below.pdf

No. 237. An ordinance amending Section III (1) on Senior Citizens Special day and Section V (b) - funding of Ordinance No. 144-A, s. 2009 otherwise known as "An ordinance declaring every 1st Monday of October of each as a Senior  Citizens day and act as Senior  Citizens officer for a day (SCOFAD) for the Elective positions in the Municipality of Bontoc and providing incentive thereof.".pdf

No. 236. An ordinance establishing the Bontoc Business Task Force, its composition and defining its powers, functions and procedures.pdf

No. 235. An ordinance realigning MOOE funds to capital outlay, of the Sangguniang Bayan Office.pdf

No. 234. n ordinance realigning /reappropriating funds in the amount of P 127,250.08 from the balance of item No. 9000-10-1 counterpart for INREMP / PRDP of the cy 2014 Municipal AIP for various programs of this municipality.pdf

No. 233. An ordinance authorizing the proposed borrowing of the Municipality of Bontoc, in the amount of eighty million pesos (P 80,000,000.00) to fund the construction of the municipal multi-purpose building (P75,000,000.00) and to fund the rehabilitation of the Bontoc waterworks system (P 5,000,000.00).pdf

No. 232. An ordinance converting the Clerk III, SG-6 position in the office of the Sangguniang Bayan, to Local legislative Staff Assistant I, SG-6, same office.pdf

No. 231. An ordinance abolishing the existing vacant plantilla position Agricultural Technologist, SG-10 and creating the positions of farm foreman, SG-6 and farm worker, SG-4 of the Municipal Agricultural Office.pdf

No. 229. An ordinance realigning P 255,000.00 from the P 1,500,000.00 reallocation / reorganization fund under the Non-Office appropriations in the 2014 Municipal Annual Budget - representation and transportation allowance of the ABC President and IP Representative in the Sangguniang Bayan.pdf

2013 Ordinances

No. 225. Authorizing the reappropriation of fifty thousand pesos (P 50,000.00) from veteran's aid allocation (Code 3000.1.2) of cy 2013 Municipal AIP to improvement of veterans park located beside the justice hall, Poblacion, Bontoc.pdf

No. 224. Authorizing the appropriation of two hundred sixty two thousand pesos (P 262,000.00 from the Engineering surcharges from various implemented programs/projects of this municipality.pdf

No. 223. Realigning 2013 Municipal fund allocation of the Bureau of Fire Protection, from training of fire brigade - P 30,000.00 (Account code 753) and repair and maintenance of the fire truck - P 25,180.00 (Account Code 841) for a total amount of P 55,180.00 - to renovation of comfort room and concreting of the partition of the fire truck garage and kitchen.pdf

No. 222. Amending certain provisions of Municipal tax ordinance no. 2012-176 otherwise known as the 2012 Revised Revenue code of Bontoc, Mountain Province.pdf

No. 220. Authorizing the realignment of fund allocations from prisoners mess - P 15,000.00 and training fund P 30,000.00 for a total of P 45,000.00 of calendar year 2013 budget of the Bontoc Municipal Police station and appropriating to purchase of office equipments of the same office.pdf

No. 219. An ordinance realigning the P 120,000.00 intended for repair / maintenance of office equipment / furniture /IT equipment under the 2013 annual budget and the unencumbered fund for 5% surcharge in the amount of P 65,000.00 to augment the amount of P 120,000.00 for a total amount of P 185,000.00 for the repair of the Engineering office (MEO).pdf

No. 217. Institutionalizing the student financial assistance program of Bontoc, Mountain Province.pdf

No. 213. Amending the tricycle fare amounts mandated under section 1(a) and Section 2 of Municipal Ordinance No. 128, s. 2008, and for other purposes.pdf

No. 212. Prohibiting the use of non biodegradable plastic bags on dry goods and wet goods and prohibiting the use of styro foam within the municipality of Bontoc.pdf

No. 211. Repealing Ordinance No. 120, s. 2008, and amending sections 3 and 4 of Ordinance No. 103, s. 2006.pdf

No. 210. Realigning the amount of three hundred thousand pesos (P 300,000.00) from Electricity Expense (Code 767) - P 245,000.00, League fund (Code 778) - P 5,000.00 and IEC Tax campaign (Code 969) - P 50,000.00 of CY 2013 Budget of the Municipal treasury office - to publication and printing of Municipal Tax Ordinance of Bontoc, Mountain Province.pdf

No. 208. Realigning funds from various projects/programs f the 20% Municipal Development fund, office supplies and maintenance of motor vehicle of fiscal year 2013 budget for various programs of this Municipality.pdf

No. 205. Realigning the amount of two hundred thousand pesos (P200,000.00) from Legislative research and other programs, vice mayor's office ( code 969, b Regular budget 2013) to 1) improvement of Ledlecha ato, Talubin (P150,000.00) and 2). Improvement of Gonogon Elementary School kitchen and public toilet (P 50,000.00).pdf

No. 204. Realigning the amount of fifty thousand pesos (P50,000.00) from training expenses, vice mayor's office (code # 753, regular budget 2013) to health programs of the same office.pdf

No. 203. Realigning the amount of two hundred thousand pesos (P 200,000.00) from improvement of Ledlecha ato / IP hall, Talubin (AIP code 90000.1.15 regular budget 2013) to environmental programs of the vice mayor's office.pdf

No. 202. Realigning the amount of P 100,000.00 from Pakil communal irrigation system, Talubin (AIP Code 90000.2.4, regular budget 2013) to improvement of Pakil pathway, Talubin.pdf

No. 201. Realigning the amount of P 100,000.00 from Arngo-ong waiting shed (AIP Code 90000.1.9, regular budget 2013) to construction of barangay Bontoc Ili Multi purpose hall water tank and septic tank.pdf

No. 199. Realigning appropriations in the Bontoc Municipal AIP, CY 2012 and CY - 2013.pdf

No. 198. Realigning the amount of P 75,000.00 from Legislative Research and other programs, regular budget 2013 to various programs / projects.pdf

No. 197. Realigning the amount of P 250,000.00 from regular budget 2013, code 9000.6.9 (Foy-o drainage pathway) to various projects.pdf

No. 195. An ordinance realigning the amount of P 8,000.00 from ordinance no. 185, s. 2012, section 2, letter c (mushroom production counterpart) to Lanao Day Care materials.pdf

No. 194. Amending section 1, item (b) of ordinance no. 188 s. 2012 of this LGU by replacing the words "Sarok waterworks" therein to " Maligcong waterworks.pdf

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