BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio “Bing”Leonardia has directed all barangay officials to comply with the strictimplementation the city’s “no segregation, no collection” policy. “If it becomes necessary, we will makea sample. If we will be forced to do so, then we have to impose sanctions,”warned Leonardia. Solid Waste Management Boardsecretariat Atty. Vicente Petierre III explained that under the law, anybodycan file a case to any person violating RA 9003. The city government had intended tostart implementing the policy on March 1, but was deferred next month to givebarangay officials ample time to enforce it, since they are presently tied upwith five other major tasks as ordered by the national government. The “no segregation, no collection”policy is in compliance with Republic Act (RA) 9003, or the Ecological SolidWaste Management Act of 2000. “It is stated clearly under the lawthat this is segregation at source, which means the first person that will takecare the compliance is the barangay, Petierre claimed. For his part, Vice Mayor El CidFamiliaran, head of the Solid Waste Action Team, reminded all village headsthat the Environment Management Board will issue a notice of violation tonon-compliant barangays. He added that they will review the Environment Code ofthe city in order to penalize violators./PN Those who will be caught notsupporting or uncooperative may face sanctions.