DENR exceeds waste program targets

Waste segregaation in Anilao, Iloilo. (MC Tanaya photo)

By Kuhlin Ceslie Gacula

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has exceded its 2018 targets under its Solid Waste Management (SWM) Program indicating improved compliance by local government units (LGU) with Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, the agency disclosed on Thursday.

From a target of 198 SWM plans, a total of 359 10-year SWM plans have been reviewed and endorsed by the agency to the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) last year representing a 181 percent accomplishment.

“Given that SWM stands alongside the other major programs of the DENR, we are determined to go over and beyond our targets and to work fast to show that we are serious in solving this perennial problem,” said DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and LGU Concerns Benny D. Antiporda.

Region 12 had the highest accomplishment at 800 percent with 32 SWM plans reviewed and endorsed to the NSWMC from a target of 4.

Region 13 came second at 620 percent accomplishment with 31 32 SWM plans reviewed and endorsed to the NSWMC from the original target of 5.

Region 10 had 450 percent success rate with 36 SWM plans reviewed and endorsed from a target of 8 SWM.

“The Commission has been doing its share of the work. We expect nothing less from the LGUs. We want them to know that after approval, the implementation of their respective SWM plans weighs more. Otherwise, we can file cases against them for non-compliance,” Antiporda stated.

Meanwhile, a total of 179 out of the target 113 LGU were given technical assistance on the proper closure and rehabilitation of open and controlled dumpsites, representing 158 percent accomplishment, DENR said.

Region 10 had the highest success rate at 413 percent with 33 LGU assisted from its target of 8. This was followed by Region 2 at 350 percent or 35 out of 10, and Region 6 at 250 percent or 25 of 10.

“We are overwhelmed by the exemplary performance of all regions in the DENR’s SWM program. Definitely, this is indicative of a genuine resolve to pursue the Department’s mandate to be the agency primarily responsible for the country’s environment and natural resources. It likewise demonstrates their support to our vision of a nation enjoying and sustaining its natural resources and clean and healthy environment,” Antiporda said.

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