A local official warned village officials of possible charges at the anti-graft court for failure to implement waste segregation in their villages.
Edwin Dael, the head of the city’s environment and natural resources office, issued the warning as the city opened the new PHP300 million sanitary landfill in the outskirt village of Pagalungan, 23 kilometers southwest of the city.
He said that with the opening of the new landfill, it is now the duty of the village officials in the city’s 80 rural and urban villages to segregate their waste as stipulated in Republic Act (RA) 9003 also known as the Solid Waste Management Act.
The act provides for a “comprehensive ecological solid waste management program by creating the necessary institutional mechanisms and incentives, appropriating funds, declaring certain acts prohibited and providing penalties,” Dael said.
The new sanitary landfill would accommodate the estimated 500 tons of garbage that this capital city of Northern Mindanao churned every day.
Dael said that under RA 9003, all village residents are required to segregate household garbage into solid, recyclable and organic wastes.
He said that recyclable materials like bottles, plastics and cartoons could be sold at village redemption centers that would be established by village officials.
This early, the city government is already assisting village officials in the implementation of waste segregation by setting the schedules of City Hall-operated garbage trucks to collect the segregated wastes.
Dael said though that the city’s assistance was not enough and urged village officials and council members to provide material recovery facilities in their villages while conducting a massive educational drive for waste segregation at the household level.
Early this year, the Ombudsman summoned City Mayor Oscar Moreno and officials of the city’s environment and natural resources office after the Solid Waste Management Commission filed charges against city officials for failure to create the sanitary landfill as provided in RA 9003.
The anti-graft court has set a May 2017 deadline to Moreno and the city officials to open and operate the sanitary landfill as provided for under RA 9003.
“It is now up for the village officials to comply with the requirements of the Solid Waste Management Act or face possible charges with the anti-graft court,” Dael said.
With the opening of the new sanitary landfill, the old and traditional landfill in the village of Carmen was finally closed. (PNA)