Who will scoop the poop?

WITH numerous stray dogs and cats in Iloilo City, a councilor wants to know who will clean after the pets once the proposed “Poop and Scoop Ordinance” is approved.

Councilor Plaridel Nava posed this funny but very valid question to proponent Councilor Jose Ephraim Treñas, citing the case of Barangay Libertad in Lapuz where stray dogs abound.

“You cannot determine what dog pooped in an area unless you examine it through DNA testing,” Nava  said, eliciting laughter during their regular session on Dec 5, 2017.

“Stray dogs are everywhere especially in depressed areas,” Nava stressed.

Nava urged the body to thoroughly study the ordinance “kay kadamu sang maapektuhan sini nga ordinansa.”

He said he is concerned that the proposed ordinance will cause “quarrels” in neighborhoods.

Treñas’ proposed ordinance seeks to promote responsible pet ownership in the metro by requiring pet owners clean up the poop of their pets, with corresponding penalties for violations.

In her committee report, Councilor Candice Magdalene Tupas, chairperson of SP committee on health and sanitation, said Councilor Joshua Alim proposed the registration of pets in the barangays for easy identification of owners.

“It was also suggested that the maximum penalty of P5,000 penalty be imposed for third offence,” Tupas said.

Because the jurisdiction of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and the Special Services Unit (SSU) is limited to public plazas, the committee recommended that barangays be empowered to efficiently enforce the proposed ordinance.

Councilor Ed Peñaredondo said the proposed ordinance is relevant as “it is about time to educate Ilonggos on responsible pet ownership”.

Thus, he passed a resolution asking the City Mayor’s Office to provide a budget for the acquisition of truck that will be used in the enforcement of the proposed ordinance.

The City Veterinarian’s Office looks at the proposed ordinance as a “welcome development for Iloilo City’s campaign as a walkable and liveable city”.

Treñas said barangays will be involved in the registration process to ensure that owners take responsibility of their pets.

He also proposed to amend the City Pound Ordinance and rehabilitate the dog pound to accommodate more stray animals.

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