Aquino says government to carry out various measures to solve garbage problem

August 7, 2012 10:04 pm 

MANILA, Aug. 7 — The government will carry out several measures to solve the problem of disposing wastes in the country that usually worsen flooding, especially in the metropolis, President Benigno S. Aquino III said.

“In the future siguro (we can transform) waste into energy. Nung nasa London tayo may kompanya na nagdeklara na nakapasok na sila dito at naumpisahan na ang proyektong iyan. So pag ang basura nagkaroon ng halaga, iyan na rin ang magiging solusyon hindi na yung punitive, at gagawing may incentive na. Aayusin yung pagkolekta at pag-dispose,” the President said in a press conference in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Tuesday.

The President led the meeting of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in response to flooding being experienced in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Asked by reporters how the government encourages people to properly dispose their wastes, the President appealed to the press to help the government disseminate information about proper garbage disposal.

“Aapela muna ako, pagtulungan natin. Sabi ko nga, sa information kayo ang pinaka-conduit namin para ma-inform sila. May enforcement na binanggit ang ating MMDA chair. Tapos pangatlo nga siguro ito ngang waste into energy,” he said.

At the same time, the government is pursuing compliance to the Solid Waste Management Act or Republic Act No. 9003 to solve the problem. There is also a movement among Metro Manila local government units to impose zero-use of plastic bags in their areas to prevent harmful effects of these materials.

In the long run, the government will rely on technology to solve the waste problem in the country, one government official said.

Also, there are sectors calling for semi-incineration but this proposal is still being studied and will take some time to be implemented. The Supreme Court has also allowed some leniency in using partial incineration to solve the waste problem in the country, the official said. (PNA)

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