Cimatu says it’s time to take zero waste seriously
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu is urging all sectors of society to take zero waste seriously amid the worsening garbage problem in the country.
“The issue of solid waste management has hounded us for many decades now. It is time that we address this once and for all, and ensure that we walk the talk,” Cimatu said.
Cimatu issued the statement as the nation celebrates the National Zero Waste Month and the 17th anniversary of the implementation of Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.
Cimatu, who promised to make the full implementation of R.A. 9003 as one of his top priorities soon after he assumed the DENR post in May last year, said that poor waste management is not only a source of pollution but it also negatively impacts the environment and public health.
“When we live in unsanitary conditions, we breathe polluted air and dirty water comes out of our faucets. These violate our basic right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being,” Cimatu said.
Cimatu was on his third month in office when the DENR ordered the permanent closure of the Payatas sanitary landfill in Quezon City due to serious environmental violations and susceptibility to trash slide.