FIFTY-FIVE local government units (LGUs) in Panay and Guimaras islands have yet to close or rehabilitate open dumps in violation of the solid waste management law.
Only 46 out of 101 LGUs in both islands are fully compliant with the provisions of Republic Act 9003 or Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Act of 2000, particularly the closure and rehabilitation of open and controlled dumpsite.
Iloilo has 21 compliant LGUs, Aklan has 11, Antique has 8, Capiz has 4, and Guimaras has 2, based on data from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Of the 51 remaining LGUs, 34 are partially compliant while 21 are non-compliant.
Compliant LGUs refer to areas that fully implement the ESWM law.
Partially-compliant towns have initiated closing activity of open or controlled dumpsite.
The non-compliant municipalities have failed to implement closure of open dumps.
DENR Administrative Order No. 9, Series of 2006 states that “no open dumps shall be established and operated nor any practice or disposal of solid waste by any person, including LGUs, which constitutes the use of open dumps for solid waste be allowed.”
The towns must also convert open dumps into controlled dumps.
DENR-6 Regional Director Jim O Sampulna lauded the LGUs for complying with the law.
“We need the LGUs to help us in our fight to clean the environment,” he said.
DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu earlier warned of filing criminal and administrative charges against local leaders for tolerating the operation of open dumps.
In Iloilo, the towns of Ajuy, Banate, Concepcion, Sara, and Sta. Barbara were among the 50 municipalities that were placed under investigation by the Environmental Ombudsman for failure to close or rehabilitate open dump sites.