DENR sec pushes for more affordable sanitary landfills

first_imgCimatu instructed the Department of Environment andNatural Resources (DENR) undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and LocalGovernment Unit Concerns Benny Antiporada to “review and revise” DENRAdministrative Order (DAO) 2001-34 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations ofRA 9003, to build and improve sanitary landfills among LGUs in the country.This will further address solid waste disposal concerns by encouraging thepractice of recycling, composting, collecting, and transferring of wastes to beprocessed in solid waste management facilities. THE worsening solid waste condition in the country needsto be urgently addressed as Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu bats for the easyand inexpensive operation of sanitary landfill. Secretary Cimatu wants to allowmore local government units (LGUs) to set up their own solid waste managementfacilities. A sanitary landfill is a solid waste management facilityusing an engineered method of waste disposal where waste are buried undergroundor in a large pile being controlled and monitored. The bottom of the landfillhas network of plumbing, serves as collection system for liquids to avoidleakages of leachates from the landfill that harms the waterways. LGUs arebound to comply with the operation of landfills in the cities andmunicipalities under the Republic Act of 9003 or the Ecological WasteManagement Act of 2000. “Only ten percent of concerned LGUs nationwide havesanitary landfills two decades after RA 9003 was enacted,” Cimatu pointed outas he gave his marching orders to officials and employees of the DENR duringhis traditional “New Year’s Call” at the Central Office in Quezon City,recently. A lot of LGUs find it difficult to comply with the law dueto its complexity and the expense of building and maintaining sanitary landfills.There are options however, like adjacent municipalities or cities shouldcluster and pool together their resources to establish a sanitary landfill.They can avail of government loans particularly offered by the Development Bankof the Philippines under its green financial program if they are out of fundsto build a sanitary landfill. They could come up with a scheme to pay the loanby collecting tipping fees. This is a generated waste dumped in an open site located at Brgy. Manoc-manoc, Boracay Island, Malay Aklan. center_img “Make theestablishment and operation of a sanitary landfill simpler and less costlywithout sacrificing the main objectives of proper solid waste disposal, whichis to prevent leachate from going to waterways,” the Environment secretary saidas he delivers his marching orders. Department of Environment and Natural Resources secretary Roy Cimatu checks the monitoring of solid waste management facility during his visit in Boracay Island. “Our Departmentwill continue to strictly implement environmental laws and sustain the gains ofall environmental programs and projects for the protection of public health andthe environment,” said DENR 6 regional executive director Francisco Milla. Ecological Solid Waste Management is the third of the tenpriority programs of DENR secretary Roy Cimatu./PNlast_img read more