The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) bared Thursday, July 15 that it is investigating the local government units (LGUs) that have so far failed to submit their 10-year solid waste management (SWM) plans.
The agency said in a statement that legal actions will be taken against the erring LGUs by the end of the third quarter of 2021.
Under Republic Act (RA) No.9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, LGUs, through their local solid waste management boards, are tasked to formulate their respective 10-year SWM plans consistent with the National Solid Waste Management Framework of the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC).
The SWM plans include strategies on waste diversion, waste collection efficiency or coverage, collection and disposal of residual waste, operation and maintenance of SWM equipment and facility.
In the same statement, the DENR said that 64 percent or 1,103 out of the total target of 1,716 SWM plans nationwide have already been greenlighted by NSWMC.
“These SWM plans shall be the foundation for the effective solid waste management of cities and municipalities through the leadership of their local executives,” said DENR Secretary and NSWMC Chairman Roy A. Cimatu.
The latest batch of SWM plan approvals covered 21 LGUs. Of these, four are in Ilocos Norte, four in Misamis Occidental, two in Zambales, two in Bohol, two in Lanao del Norte, and one each in Nueva Ecija, Quezon province, Negros Oriental, Misamis Oriental, Surigao del Sur, Benguet, and Mountain Province.
“These newly-approved plans are commitments of the NSWMC to capacitate LGUs. The commission shall continue to support them by approving fully compliant and sound SWM plans and overseeing the implementation of these plans,” Cimatu added.
DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and LGUs Concerns and NSWMC Alternate Chairman Benny D. Antiporda said the commission is optimistic that it will be able to reach its total target of 1,716 SWM plans soon.
“Upcoming deliberations and reviews of other SWM plans of LGUs that are not yet approved will continue in the coming months. We will not waver until all LGUs in the country effectively practice the proper reuse, collection, processing, and disposal of wastes in their respective jurisdictions,” Antiporda said.