DENR strengthens partnership with LGUs on solid waste management

May 6, 2009 3:13 am 

MANILA, May 5 — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) moved today to cement its partnership with local government units (LGUs) in addressing solid waste management and climate change with a manifesto of commitment signed at the conclusion of the Zero-Basura Caravan held at the Pines View Hotel in Baguio City.

DENR Secretary Lito Atienza welcomed the new commitment articulated by the local executives of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), saying their decision to finally implement and enforce the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (Republic Act No. 9003) will heighten public compliance to the law.

“Suffice it to say, the public response to the government call to reduce our garbage is largely dependent on the advocacy of the local government. The local executives certainly hold the key to the success of the program since they are at the forefront in providing their constituents of the needed knowledge and services to enable them to properly manage their household garbage,” Atienza said.

The critical role of LGUs in implementing national programs, specifically solid waste management, has prompted the DENR and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines to hold the Zero Basura Caravan. This is not to mention the directive of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for the full implementation of the law by the LGUs to address global warming and climate change.

Dubbed “Interconnectivity Caravan: Strengthening and Empowering LMP Provincial Chapters through Health Fourmula 1-Zero Basura Caravan,” the project in Baguio City is the first of a series of fora to discuss intimately with the local executives the pertinent provisions of the Solid Waste Management Act, including the 3-strike policy of the DENR and the Zero Basura Plan of Action.

Atienza said the event would also serve as a venue for the local executives to talk about the various issues and concerns affecting their implementation of the law with the DENR.

“I assure the LGUs that the DENR is behind them with this program, as the problem of solid waste is contributory to global warming and climate change, which is the most critical of all environmental problems the world is now faced with,” Atienza said.

During the Baguio event, DENR Undersecretary Teresita Castillo presented the Department’s thrust for 2009 in behalf of Secretary Atienza, while Engr. Raul Cubangay presented to the participants the Regional Solid Waste Management Program for the Cordillera Administrative Region.

Aside from the mayors of CAR, other signatories to the commitment were representatives from the League of Municipalities, Mayors Development Center, Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, DENR, Department of Health and the Presidential Management Staff. (PNA)

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