Cimatu urges LGUs to prioritize solid waste management

Cimatu urges LGUs to prioritize solid waste management


Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu urged local government units (LGUs) to make solid waste management a top priority amid worsening garbage collection and disposal problem throughout the country.

"LGUs are duty-bound to comply with the existing law on solid waste management," Cimatu said. "The law provides that the primary responsibility in the implementation of waste segregation and disposal at source is lodged with the LGUs."

The environment chief issued the statement after meeting with board members of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), an umbrella organization of elected government officials from provincial down to the barangay levels, last Friday.

ULAP sought guidance from Cimatu on the implementation of Republic Act No. 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, which mandates the setting-up of engineered sanitary landfill facilities.

Some LGUs find it difficult to comply with the law as building and maintaining sanitary landfills can be costly.  A sanitary landfill is a solid waste management facility that utilizes an engineered method of land disposal, primarily for municipal solid wastes. An "engineered" method of landfilling means that garbage is handled at a disposal facility that is designed, constructed and operated in a manner protective of public health and the environment.

Cimatu said that effective solid waste management may be expensive, but LGUs are not without options.  He suggested that LGUs pool their resources to set up a common sanitary landfill.  "Adjacent municipalities or cities may cluster together and pool their resources to establish sanitary landfills," he said.

If lack of funds is a problem, Cimatu said the LGUs may avail of government loans, particularly the one being offered by the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) under its green financing program.  "DBP is willing to provide financial and technical assistance to LGUs in implementing environment projects, including solid waste management," Cimatu added.  "LGUs can come up with a scheme to pay back the loan, such as through collection of tipping fees," he reiterated.

Cimatu also called on LGUs to be innovative in finding solutions to their respective garbage woes, with the end in view of protecting not only the environment but also the health of their constituents. 

As for the DENR, Cimatu said the agency continuously promotes alternative waste management practices, particularly 3Rs -- reuse, reduce and recycle -- which help cut back the amount of trash that ends up in landfills.  "Our landfills can only hold so much garbage. The 3Rs model remains the most reliable and useful strategy for efficient and effective management of solid waste," Cimatu said.

Likewise, Cimatu said the DENR has been actively implementing its waste-to-energy (WTE) policy, as laid down in a resolution issued by the National Solid Waste Management Commission last year.  The DENR currently undertakes a technical cooperation project with the Japanese government on the use of advanced WTE technologies, through thermal processes that eliminate incinerators. The cities of Quezon, Cebu and Davao have been chosen as pilot sites for the project.

At the same time, Cimatu said the DENR is willing to extend technical assistance to LGUs in crafting solid waste management plans and putting in place environmentally acceptable technology for solid waste disposal.|DENR Release



Reforestation areas to be developed as green economy models



A “Green Economy Model” (GEMs) orientation for the selected 2017 e-NGP PO partners was conducted particularly to the members of the Bulo Farmers Association based in Bulo, Tabuk City, Kalinga in February 26, 2018.

The activity was facilitated by Miss Melanie M. Pis-oy and Ms. Alma I. Dajoya from the DENR Regional Office together with Ms. Sheila B. Bakidan, Ms. Novalyn Dacay-og, Ms. Libertee Da-o, and Ms. Hazel Gay Lay-asan, Forestry Technicians of CENRO Tabuk.

Since it is a mandate of the law to ensure that gender and equality shall always be incorporated in every activity and in introducing development intervention inclusive growth, Ms. Pis-oy discussed the topic on Gender and Development. She emphasized that gender equality is vital in every development endeavor.  In every work, more hands are needed, men and women need to be empowered too.

The GEM was presented by Ms. Dajoya who discussed the guidelines in the operation and transition of the DENR’s programs and projects into GEMs as provided by DAO 2017-08.

Dajoya emphasized that GEMs aim to transform DENR programs and projects into GEMs where household members create sustainable goods and services for the rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems and create viable community enterprises where households are the focal members and players in creating value-added environmental products and services.  It also moves to accelerate the rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems and promote the protection of the environment through the creation of green jobs.

Based from the objectives, GEM is a holistic approach in forest conservation. The Department is now shifting into a new paradigm from its usual practice that restoration of degraded forest land is merely through reforestation and agro-forestry. With this new program, the DENR together with the Community people will treat hills and mountains especially the e-NGP sites as enterprises in accordance with the plans and interest of the PO members.

The main output of the activity was to come up with a business plan. It was agreed by the group that they will go into wine production, chili paste, and banana chips processing. The needed raw data will be identified by the PO members while the drafting of the business proposal and business plan were assigned to the PO president with the assistance of GEM Focal person and assigned site manager. It is therefore important that the DENR personnel and employees shall possess the skills and passion to lead the POs in the realization of the GEM ultimate goals in the pursuit of sustainable economical and ecological development.

After the orientation, some of the participants visited the 2017 e-NGP as proposed GEMs site.  Their plantation was intercropped with agri-crops such as pegion pea, banana, beans and monggo.  With the collaboration of the members of the PO and the technical assistance by the DENR Technicians, the people will benefit from their reforestation areas.|SBakidan

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