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14th Anniversary of Ecological Solid Waste Management Act and Celebration of Zero Waste Month
The National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) celebrated the 14th Anniversary of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 or RA 9003 and the 1st year celebration of Zero Waste Month with a theme “Continuing Cooperation and Partnership through Effective Solid Waste Management Governance” on January 26, 2015.
Activities include ribbon cutting for the booth exhibit of various stakeholders playing a key role in the implementation of RA 9003 and the conduct of parallel session of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Summit including presentations from the NGOs, private sector, other government agencies, LGUs highlighting their best practices on SWM initiatives, technology provider for Waste to Energy alternatives and banking institutions.
One of the highlights of the activity is the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the DENR represented by Undersecretary and concurrent EMB Director Atty. Jonas R. Leones and Tarlac College of Agriculture represented by their President Dr. Metodio Palaypay to partner with TCA as a Satellite Ecology Center located in Camiling Tarlac.
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.
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.
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
The national solid waste management through its cooperation with DFA, DOH and BOC inspect waste in Manila port area
National Solid Waste Management Commission / Secretariat
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