DENR surpasses solid waste management program targets
Solid waste management in the country still has a long way to go. But the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is now saying it had “record-breaking accomplishments” in terms of its Solid Waste Management (SWM) Program.
DENR, in a statement, has claimed that its 2018 targets under its SWM program, indicating improved compliance by local government units (LGUs) to Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
“Given that SWM stands alongside the other major programs of the DENR, we are determined to go over and beyond our targets and to work fast to show that we are serious in solving this perennial problem,” said DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and LGU Concerns Benny D. Antiporda.
The DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) reported that all regional offices of the department have exceeded their respective targets in all three program indicators, namely: (1) 10-year SWM plans reviewed and endorsed, (2) LGUs assisted on dumpsite closure and rehabilitation, and (3) materials recovery facilities (MRFs) established.
From a target of 198 SWM plans, a total of 359 10-year SWM plans have been reviewed and endorsed to the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) last year, representing a 181 percent accomplishment. NSWMC is a DENR-led body chaired by Antiporda which approves SWM plans of LGUs.
In an unprecedented achievement and setting a new record, 308 of the 359 SWM plans reviewed , were approved by the Commission.
Data from EMB would reveal that from 2010 to 2017, the Commission usually approves an average of 46 SWM plans yearly. Thus, this year’s number of approved SWM plans reflects a huge leap of 568 percent as compared from previous years.
“The Commission has been doing its share of the work. We expect nothing less from the LGUs. We want them to know that after approval, the implementation of their respective SWM plans weighs more. Otherwise, we can file cases against them for non-compliance,” Antiporda said.