DENR calls on the next admin to provide more funds on waste management programs

DENR calls on the next admin to provide more funds on waste management programs

By Rjhay E. Laurea

MANILA — The national government must pour in more funds on the country’s solid waste management programs, and as the May 2022 national and local elections draw closer, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is hoping that the next administration would include this on their priorities.

The Environment department believes in increasing the funding for local government units (LGUs) and working on the amendment of Republic Act (RA) 6969 or the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990 to make better of our solid management efforts.

“For those who will be elected into office, my main suggestion is to focus on assisting LGUs by giving appropriate funding to address the garbage problem in their localities,” DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and International Affairs Atty. Jonas R. Leones said.

Based on the data from the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), highly-urbanized cities and 5th class municipalities need around P300 million and P1 million to fund their solid waste management programs, respectively.

“Environmental compliance usually incurs high costs,” he pointed out.

Leones also emphasized the vital role of private and public sectors in helping the national government address the country’s garbage woes.

Meanwhile, DENR-EMB’s Hazardous Waste Management Section Chief Geri Sañez said that not all LGUs have their own materials recovery facility and sanitary landfill, including treatment, storage and disposal facilities which are especially needed for hazardous wastes.

Sañez is hoping that the draft bill on the amendment of RA 6969 will be given priority to institutionalize circular economy and extend producer’s responsibility (EPR) for both municipal and domestic solid wastes and hazardous wastes. (ai/mtvn)

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