DILG: Very few LGUs have sanitary landfill

DILG: Very few LGUs

have sanitary landfill

By Lydia C. Pendon

THERE is minimal compliance, about 5 to 10 percent, among local government units in the country regarding the sanitary landfill provision of Republic Act 9003.

This was revealed by DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo during a forum July 5, 2011 in this southern city. He said he is going around the country to see the LGUs’ performance for the Katapatan standards on local governance in 4th to 6th class municipalities.

He said he is also rallying support for the Palawan underground river as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

There are 42 LGUs in Western Visayas with a seal of good housekeeping and eligible to avail of the performance challenge fund (PCF) of DILG. The LGUs with good housekeeping record are the component cities of Passi, Escalante, La Carlota and Sipalay.

Aklan province has four good housekeeping recipient towns, Antique with nine, Capiz 6, Guimaras 2, Iloilo 14, and Negros Occidental 3.

Robredo said there is a need to amend the existing law on the environment since 95 percent of all local chief executives can not comply with the provisions of a sanitary landfill deemed as not applicable and not workable by many LGUs.

The DILG chief said he is proposing a modification of one sanitary landfill per congressional district as a workable solution to the solid waste management problem. Another solution would be the conversion of solid wastes to energy projects which some LGUs are planning and the expansion of material recovery facility (MRF).

The existing law penalizes LGUs without sanitary landfill. The fine is P50,000 for a non-compliant LGU.

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