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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012


EMB-EV notes rise on compliance rate of LGUs to solid waste management law

by Aurora J. Casimpan

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Jan 6 (PIA) -- The enforcement efforts of the Environmental Management Bureau in Eastern Visayas and the active participation of the regional office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government have posted a 50 percent compliance with the solid waste management law among local government units (LGUs).

Maribel Munsayac, EMB coordinator on solid waste management, said that the high compliance rate of all LGUs in the region is credited to their awareness of the mandate of the law on RA 9003 otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of the Philippines.

Compared to previous years where compliance rate was poor, LGUs now have signified their intention in constructing their own landfills.

Munsayac revealed that LGUs have sought technical assistance from their office in the assessment of their areas whether they qualify or how they can go about clustering, relative to the implementation of RA 9003.

She added that even barangay units have invited them to learn on the basic steps on solid waste management because of the intent of said units in putting up their own sustainable programs.

In Region 8, the cities of Ormoc, Maasin, and Calbayog have their own landfill. Meanwhile, the city government of Tacloban has taken the initial steps of constructing its own landfill and replacing its existing dumpsites.

A list of LGUs complying with RA 9003 would be made known soon. (PIA-8)

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