Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DENR urges Ilocos Norte LGUs to comply with Solid Waste Management Act

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

Laoag City—Over the past 12 years, the level of compliance of local government units to the provisions of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act is low, said provincial environment and natural resources officer Juan delos Reyes.

In view of this, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in cooperation with the National Solid Waste Management Commission has sent letters to all concerned local government units here to comply with the law.

To promote voluntary compliance to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, otherwise known as Republic Act 9003, the DENR initiated a three-day seminar workshop, inviting all local chief executive of the province to improve their local governance through observing discipline and cleanliness.

Of the 21 municipalities and two cities here, Mr. Delos Reyes said that about 50 percent has complied with the 10-year solid waste management law.

For now, he said majority of the cities and municipalities in Ilocos Norte have open dump sites.

Considering the amount of investment needed for the establishment of a sanitary landfill, Mr. Delos Reyes said the department is encouraging all LGUs to establish at least a controlled dump site equipped with Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) to promote proper waste segregation and composting.

As to the barangays, Mr. Delos Reyes urged local barangay officials to set up their own composting facility to reduce waste generation and turn them into useful organic fertilizer.

Similar to other provinces in the country, the compliance of LGUs in terms of submitting solid waste management plan is still quite low since 2012.

It is in this regard that the concerned government agency has reiterated again its call among local chief executives to prioritize the implementation of the solid waste management plan and institutionalize effective and efficient local governance.

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