By Rodrigo S. Victoria
NAVAL, Biliran (PIA) — The prevailing low compliance and even non-implementation of the law on ecological solid waste management among the local government units (LGUs) in Biliran province has prompted the new chief of the provincial environment office in Biliran to call on LGUs to follow and implement what is provided for in the said law.
“Although there was no case yet filed against an LGU in Biliran province for not complying the provision of RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 declaring a state policy to adopt a systematic, comprehensive and ecological solid waste management program” Elias F. Aya-ay, Jr., the newly-installed PENRO of DENR-Biliran, said.
Aya-ay, who appeared as guest on March 21 of the “Pulong-Pulong ng Bayan,” a regular radio program of PIA-Biliran at Radyo Natin-Naval station, reported that the regional office of the DENR in Eastern Visayas has already filed a case against LGU Catarman in Northern Samar for not complying with RA 9003.
The new PENRO in Biliran, who came from Northern Samar province before he assumed his post on November 2018 in Biliran, admitted that LGUs have really find it hard to comply the law especially in the establishment of sanitary landfill, which costs millions of pesos.
He observed that LGUs in Biliran province only established an open dumpsite for their garbage which most LGUs could only afford to have and maintained due to lower cost compared to establishment and maintenance of a sanitary landfill.
However, he said management of household wastes is the common problem among local governments in Biliran province due to the practice of non-segregation of wastes before its disposal.
He also observed the common practice of just throwing garbage into the sea among the residents living along the coastal communities of the province, which according to him has a big effect to the environment, especially to the marine life.
Aya-ay urged Biliranons to help the local government unit where they reside by doing one’s share in the proper waste disposal by practicing proper waste segregation at source or waste management must begin in every home for a better place to live with for everybody. (LDL/RSV/PIA-8)