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DENR-NSWMC lauds LGUs with approved 10-year SWM plan


 The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) lauded the provincial government of Compostela Valley in Davao for being the first province to complete its 10-year solid waste management plans for all its municipalities.

Vice Governor Manuel Zamora of Compostela Valley presented the approved plans to the NSWMC during a recent technical working group meeting.

NSWMC Secretariat Executive Director, Eligio Ildefonso, said that during the meeting, Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla of the second district of Cavite was also able to present her district’s 10-year SWM plan. “This is a milestone,” says Ildefonso.

Republic Act (R.A.) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 calls for the formulation of 10-year SWM plans by local government units.

Section 16 of R. A. 9003 states that the 10-year SWM plan shall place primary emphasis on implementation of all feasible reuse, recycling, and composting programs while identifying the amount of landfill and transformation capacity that will be needed for solid waste which cannot be re-used, recycled, or composted.

All SWM plans will be approved by the NSWMC before implementation.

To help local government units, the NSWMC-Secretariat continues to provide technical assistance to LGUs for the crafting of their plans prior to evaluation by the NSWMC.

ESWM in Pampanga

Members of the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) along with the Office of Senator Loren Legarda represented by Ms. Maria Clarinda Mendoza and Mr. Brian See conducted an on-site visit last September 30, to Mother Earth Foundation, Inc., a non-government organization assisted by NSWMC to help barangays in the implementation of their ecological solid waste management program in San Fernando City, Pampanga.

According to NSWMC Executive Director Eligio Ildefonso, the Commission has been facilitating financial assistance for local government units in the establishment of Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in their barangays.
“Through this scheme, we can reduce the amount of solid wastes being disposed in our landfills and also help cut back in the production of methane, a known greenhouse gas coming from domestic and commercial biodegradable wastes,” he said.

The group was welcomed by Mayor Edwin Santiago at the Heroes’ Hall Convention before proceeding with the inspection and validation of the ESWM- assisted projects in Barangay Maimpis, Pilar Village, Barangay Alas-as and Saint Scholastica’s Academy.

 Mother Earth Foundation has been providing technical assistance to the City of San Fernando in the implementation of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, including the establishment of MRFs in barangays, homeowners’ associations and schools

Policy Forum/Consultation

Policy Forum/Consultation for the Amendment of the
Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (RA9003)
and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR)

A series of policy forum/consultation for the amendment of RA9003 and its IRR is currently being conducted by the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) through the Environmental Management Bureau. In the National Solid Waste Management Strategy (2012-2016) prepared and adopted by the NSWMC, Bridging Policy Gaps and Harmonizing Policies was one of the components identified as priority that needs to be addressed to facilitate compliance of LGUs and other stakeholders to the RA 9003.


The objective of the policy forum/consultation is for the participants to have a common knowledge about policy gaps on RA9003, to have a shared understanding of the current policy/guidelines issued in support to the implementation of RA9003 and its IRR and for participants to agree on certain recommendations to be incorporated to the proposed amendment of the RA 9003 and its IRR.

July 23-24, 2014 at Crowne Regency Hotel in Cebu City

Participants from Region 6, 7, 8 and 9

August 7-8 2014 at Majarajah Hotel in Angeles City

Participants from Regions 1, 2, 3 and CAR

 August 21-22, 2014 at Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City

Participants from Regions 10, 11, 12, CARAGA and ARMM

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 The 4th forum/consultation will be held on September 24-25, 2014 at Heritage Hotel, City of Manila for participants coming from Region 4a, 4b, 5 and NCR.

The 2-day event started with a report from the OIC Executive Director of the NSWMCS, Engr. Eligio T. Ildefonso, on compliance updates for the participating regions on four major mandatory requirements of the law:  Creation of the Boards and Committees, Formulation/updating of the 10 year SWM Plans, Establishment of MRFs, and use of appropriate disposal facilities. 

Members of the NSWMC also reported on the Forum Rationale, Policy Modification Process and Policy updates. Following the plenary are breakout sessions for: a) institutional structures, arrangements and mechanisms, b) technical mechanisms and requirements, c) financial mechanisms, d) enforcement mechanisms. 

  Following the policy forum/consultations, the NSWMCS shall spearhead the following:  development of new guidelines/policies, drafting of revisions of RA 9003 and its IRR,  final review of proposed amendments and submission to appropriate agencies for adoption.

Formulation of Policy/Guideline Documents (Finalized Draft) as of June 2014

The NSWMC/S has finalized 3 Guideline Documents out of the 7 targets. These are:

·        Evaluation of 10-year Solid Waste Management Plans

·        Governing Rules of the National Solid Waste Management Commission

·        Waste-to-Energy 

A series of policy forums will be conducted nationwide from July to September 2014 for the possible revision of the IRR of RA 9003.

Approval of 10-year Solid Waste Management Plans as of June 2014

Technical Assistance in the Development/Formulation/Updating of 10-yr SWM Plans including the conduct of WACS, Plan Preparation & Pre-WACS Orientation

·        Angono, Rizal

·        Tabuk, Kalinga Apayao

·        Tarlac

·        Bacoor City, Cavite

·        North Cotabato Province and constituent LGUs

·        Sultan Kudarat

Support in the Establishment of Sanitary Landfills and other Alternative Disposal Technologies as of June 2014

·        Sanitary Landfill (SLF) provides control over significant potential environmental impacts arising from the disposal operation as it considers the physical and hydro-geologic attributes of the site prior to landfill development. In line with this, the Solid Waste Management Section (SWMS) of NSWMCS together with EMB-Research and Development Division (RDD) conducted monitoring to come up with a more comprehensive database system on the operation of SLFs nationwide, generate baseline data to characterize leachate for formulation of policies/guidelines for leachate management and assess the effectiveness of leachate treatment systems of local SLFs. Said monitoring includes leachate samplings. The SWM coordinators or representatives from the concerned regional offices joined the team during the said monitoring.

·        A total of 57 SLFs sites were monitored in 2013 by a team from the NSWMCS and RDD of EMB, exceeding the 48 SLF sites targeted to be accomplished last year. (See Annex B: SLF Monitored for CY 2013)

·        Assessment of results of the SLF monitoring (CY 2013) was conducted on June 30, 2014. The following are the recommendations of the team base on the findings taken from the monitoring:

·        The EMB-EIAD Regional Office and SWM Coordinator is advised to conduct close monitoring on compliance on the operations of the SLFs specially those LGUs who still operating an open dumpsite instead of SLFs.

·        Continuous provision of technical guidance in operations of SLF based on the ECC conditions to LGUs and private operators of Sanitary Landfills and penalize those operators that are non-compliant with PD 1586 or Philippine EIA System as well as RA 9003.

·        The EMB is also recommended to continue advising the LGUs to enforce segregation at source particularly biodegradable wastes mixing with residual wastes being disposed at the SLF in order to minimize the generation of leachate.  

·        The EMB-RDD is requested to fast tract the results of leachate sampling analyses and come-up with policies/guidelines in proper handling the leachate management in all SLFs in the country. 

·        It is also requested for the RDD come up with interpretation on the results of analysis based on the DENR standard and the policy study.


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National Ecology Center

Public education is an essential part of an integrated solid waste management program. In order for an outreach program to be effective, it must promote actions on the part of the audience that are available and feasible. The overall objective of the IEC Campaign Program is to reeducate the main players on solid waste management from source generation to final disposal.