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Open dumpsites ordered closed

April 29 - May 5, 2017

MAASIN CITY - All open dumpsites in Southern Leyte should be closed on or before May 31 2017, to comply with Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Management Office (PENRMO), in partnership with the Commission on Audit (COA) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), urged the local government units to submit a safe closure plan in the immediate closing of the soon to be prohibited “open-dumpsites”.

PENRMO Head Eva Abad said that each municipality is required to submit its own waste management or garbage disposal plan.

“The new law mandates the use of the sanitary landfill instead of the open dumpsites,” Abad said.

The solid waste management plan for cities and municipalities would have to be consistent with the National Solid Waste Management Framework. The Commission on Audit (COA) said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is monitoring the actions being taken against open dumpsites in the municipalities.

“Otherwise, if the LGU fails to comply and enforce the law, they might face administrative charges by the Environmental Ombudsman,” COA audit team Wemia Seno said.(By MARK L. RIMAS)






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