10-year solid waste man­age­ment plans of LGUs ap­proved

Manila Bulletin - - News - By ELLALYN DE VERA-RUIZ

he Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Com­mis­sion (NSWMC) has ap­proved the 10-year solid waste man­age­ment plans (SWMPs) of 160 lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUs) na­tion­wide, the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR) dis­closed.

Benny An­tiporda, DENR un­der­sec­re­tary for Solid Waste Man­age­ment and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Con­cerns, said that they are ex­pect­ing cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to fully im­ple­ment their re­spec­tive SWMPs and ad­here to the pro­vi­sions of Repub­lic Act (RA) 9003 or the Eco­log­i­cal Solid Waste Man­age­ment Act of 2000.

NSWMC is a DENR-led body tasked to over­see the im­ple­men­ta­tion of RA 9003, which pro­vides that the LGUs are pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble for waste seg­re­ga­tion and dis­posal.

“We have ne­glected our en­vi­ron­ment, but it’s never too late. (The SWMP) is the an­swer to the wors­en­ing prob­lem on waste,” An­tiporda told may­ors and vice may­ors who were present to per­son­ally re­ceive the NSWMC res­o­lu­tion ap­prov­ing their SWMPs.

He vowed to strictly mon­i­tor the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ap­proved SWMPs cov­er­ing the pe­ri­ods 2014 to 2023, 2015- 2024, 2016-2015, 2017-2026, 2018-2027 and 2019 to 2028.

Also, he warned lo­cal ex­ec­u­tives that they may be held ad­min­is­tra­tively and criminally li­able for non-im­ple­men­ta­tion of their ap­proved SWMPs.

“The com­mis­sion is se­ri­ous in its war on waste. Waste is al­ways the last and the least, and now it is in a very alarm­ing sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

Ear­lier, An­tiporda said the NSWMC was work­ing to fast track the ap­proval process for the SWMPs sub­mit­ted by more than 1,600 cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties across the coun­try.

The move, he said, would al­low LGUs to im­me­di­ately im­ple­ment their re­spec­tive plans for ad­dress­ing garbage prob­lems in their lo­cal­i­ties.

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