June 17, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The sangguniang bayan passed an ordinance institutionalizing the financial assistance program for the Green Police who have been rendering their services as complement to the regular personnel assigned in the collection and segregation of the town’s waste.
Mayor Franklin Odsey approved Ordinance 341 s., 2021 or the “Financial Assistance to Green Police Ordinance” recognizing the commitment, effort, and hard work of the Green Police who wake up in the wee hours of the morning and proceed to the waste collection areas as early as 5 a.m. to make sure that bags of garbage brought by residents are properly segregated.
The mayor also recognized their patience in informing the public how to properly segregate their waste.
“The Green Police have been extending their services to the municipality’s waste management for seven long years. It is but proper for us to show our appreciation in the form of financial assistance to aid in their financial needs especially in this time of the pandemic,” Odsey said.
The Financial Assistance to Green Police Ordinance sponsored by Councilor Alsannyster Patingan stated members of the Green Police shall be entitled to P1,500 monthly.
Should there be available funds, they may also be provided with the necessary gear, such as boots, gloves, and raincoats provided to the regular personnel of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office.
The Financial Assistance to Green Police Ordinance took effect on Jan. 1, 2022.
The Green Police were neither chosen nor hired by the municipal government to solve the garbage problem in Bontoc. They are individuals who volunteered their time and effort without expecting monetary compensation or reward. When the municipal government sponsored training for Green Police in June 2013, they responded and signed in.
For health, sanitation, and safety, they were each provided by the municipal government a pair of boots, gloves, flashlights, uniforms, vests, and jackets.
In 2016, the municipal government allocated P1,000 honoraria per month for every Green Police member and was increased to P1,200 in the fourth quarter of 2017.
There are currently 59 Green Police members who are provided P1,200 honorarium monthly by the municipal government. They are deployed in waste collection areas in the four central barangays of the capital town and at the Bontoc public market.
The Green Police are monitored by the respective barangays while the Menro validates their accomplishments. – Christy Mae F. Che-es and Alpine L. Killa