42 LGUs assisted on waste disposal

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Cagayan Valley is exerting effort to assist local government units in improving their solid waste management programs.

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Cesar Siador, EMB Cagayan Valley regional director, said at least four cities and three municipalities were already warned by the environment ombudsman to improve their open dumpsites and create a system in the proper disposal of their daily accumulated solid wastes.

He said some 35 LGUs regionwide were recently given the same warnings to improve their solid waste management.

“It’s good that these LGUs took serious moves to address their solid waste problem before it elevates into a serious Ombudsman case. Since they have complied with the order to improve their waste disposals and dumpsites, the environment ombudsman will no longer file cases against them,” he said.

Meanwhile, Siador said the EMB provided financial assistance of P300,000 to some LGUs for the establishment of their Material Recovery Facility.

He added that they also turned-over nine shredder machines to selected LGUs regionwide while additional 14 units for other recipient-LGUs are still in the procurement process.

Ifugao town reconstitutes waste board

In Hungduan, Ifugao, the increasing volume of garbage which poses threat to the general welfare of the people and the environment has prompted the Local Chief Executive of this town to reorganize the Municipal Solid Waste Management Board (MSWMB).

Mayor Hilario Bumangabang of Hungduan issued Executive Order No. 15 series of 2017 reorganizing the MSWMB and expanding its membership to include the academe for effective and efficient management of garbage in the municipality for an ecologically-balanced environment.

The MSWMB is chaired by the municipal mayor with vice mayor as the co-chairperson. Members are all punong barangays; Sangguniang Bayan Committee Chairperson on Health; and heads of municipal and national offices, principals of elementary and high schools, and non-government organizations.

The board is tasked to develop the Municipal Solid Waste Management Board Plan that shall ensure the long-term management of solid waste, as well as integrate the various solid waste management plans and strategies of the barangays (villages) in its area of jurisdiction. It will adopt measures to promote and ensure the viability and effective implementation of solid waste management programs in its component barangays and a systematic revenue-generating measure to promote the viability of its Solid Waste Management Plan. Monitor the implementation of the Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan through its various political subdivisions and in cooperation with the private sector and the NGOs.

It is also tasked to develop specific mechanisms and guidelines for the implementation of the MSWMP and recommend the appropriate local government authorities specific measures or proposals for franchise or build-operate-transfer agreements with duly recognized institutions.

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