Officials of the newly converted Guihulngan City have identified a probable site for their sanitary landfill in compliance with Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.
This after the local government unit, which is on strike two for non-compliance, reportedly received a notice from DENR's Environmental Management Bureau and the National Solid Waste Management Commission, the Philippine Information Agency reported.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Oscar Magallones said that in response to the notice, Guihulngan has pinpointed a possible site for their sanitary landfill, which is now subject for DENR's approval.
“We went there last week for an initial site inspection but we need to assess the area for suitability, if it complies with the law's criteria since we noticed there was a creek near the site,” Magallones said.
RA 9003 clearly states in its criteria that the sanitary landfill should not be within 300 meters of a water source. “We still have to determine how far that creek is from the city's proposed site,” he said.
Guihulngan is one of a number of LGUs in the province that are currently in DENR's strike two category for non-compliance of the law which calls for the conversion of open and controlled dumpsites into sanitary landfill facilities.
Magallones said only two – Bayawan and Bais cities – of the total 25 LGUs in Negros Oriental have complied with the law's requirement.
DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje recently renewed the department's call for erring LGUs to comply with RA 9003 after noting the department's already decade-long leniency with the non-compliant LGUs.
“One decade is too long a grace period for LGUs to implement the provisions of the law,” said Paje during the 10th year anniversary of RA 9003, adding that DENR will now go after these LGUs who still refuse to comply with the establishment of sanitary landfill facilities.*
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