Leyte guv urged LGUs
to implement RA 9003
Media Relations Center
December 8, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY –
Local government units in
Leyte are urged
by the provincial government to start implementing pertinent
provisions of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste
Management Act of 2000.
This as Leyte Governor
Carlos Jericho Petilla recently visited the Eco Park Project of
Palompon, Leyte which is the latter’s compliance under the leadership
of Mayor Ramon Oñate, to the ecological solid waste management mandate
of the national government.
Inside the Eco Park,
Palompon managed to construct a material recovery facility (MRF) which
houses equipments that recycles solid wastes such as plastic.
include a Bioreactor developed by the Department of Science and
Technology’s Industrial Technology Development Institute. This
bioreactor demonstrates simple management of highly organic public
market wastes and converts them to organic fertilizer reducing
potential landfill disposal.
operation has low energy cost and does not emit foul odor. The
technology significantly reduces solid wastes problems in the region
particularly on biodegradable wastes. It also conforms to the
Ecological Solid Wastes Management Act of 2003 or popularly known as
The MRF also has a
plastic shedder machine and a plastic recycling oven that would
recycle low-grade plastic wastes into another material.
government funded in part the construction of the Material Recovery
Petilla urged other LGUs in the province to comply with the provisions
of RA 9003 by having their own MRF’s or construction of sanitary
reiterated the problem of solid waste management remains a
responsibility of each Filipino citizen, and that the best way to
address it was to ensure segregation at source.
It is estimated that
with every household practicing waste segregation at home, only 30
percent of waste would actually be dumped in landfills nationwide.
Republic Act (RA)
9003, which took effect in year 2000, mandates SWM as a primary
responsibility of the LGUs.
Gov. Petilla reminded
LGU officials that failure to comply with the said act can have them
charged administratively with the Office of the Ombudsman.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through DENR
Secretary Ramon Paje vowed to go after LGUs that refuse to comply with
the law saying local officials who do not implement RA 9003 are in
essence depriving their constituents of their Constitutional right to
a balanced and healthful ecology.