DENR OKs waste man­age­ment plans of 160 LGUs

The Philippine Star - - NATION - – Rho­d­ina Vil­lanueva

The Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR) has ap­proved the solid waste man­age­ment plans of 160 other lo­cal govern­ment units (LGUs).

The Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Com­mis­sion (NSWC), which was tasked to over­see the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Repub­lic Act 9003 or the Eco­log­i­cal Solid Waste Man­age­ment Act, ap­proved the SWMPs dur­ing its meet­ing on Thurs­day.

Last Au­gust, the NSWMC ap­proved the SWMPs of Que­zon City and 15 towns in Ifu­gao, Aurora, Is­abela, La Union, Que­zon, Pan­gasi­nan, Bu­la­can and Nueva Ecija.

In Septem­ber, the SWMPs of 20 LGUs, in­clud­ing Iloilo, Bataanas, Bataan and Tar­lac, were ap­proved.

The SWMPs of 67 other LGUs were ap­proved last Oc­to­ber.

”The SWMPs are the an­swer to the wors­en­ing prob­lem on waste,” Benny An­tiporda, DENR un­der­sec­re­tary for solid waste man­age­ment and LGU con­cerns and con­cur­rent chair­man of the NSWC, said, not­ing that it would al­low LGUs to im­ple­ment their plans to ad­dress the garbage prob­lem in their re­spec­tive ar­eas.

An­tiporda vowed to strictly mon­i­tor the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ap­proved SWMPs. He said erring lo­cal of­fi­cials face crim­i­nal and ad­min­is­tra­tive charges.

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