DENR pushes for at-source waste segregation through local ordinances

DENR Usec. for Solid Waste Management and LGUs Concerns Benny D. Antiporda

QUEZON CITY, May 15 (PIA) -- Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has urged local government units (LGUs) to pass ordinances that will direct barangays to implement waste segregation at source.

DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and LGUs Concerns Benny D. Antiporda said cities and municipalities nationwide should focus on waste segregation at source for the effective collection and disposal of solid waste.

Antiporda echoed his call for efficient and effective handling of solid waste during a recent dialogue with local officials, organized by environmental health group EcoWaste Coalition.

“Propose to your local council to create an ordinance that will act on those who do not practice segregation in their barangays,” Antiporda said.

“It is already stated in RA (Republic Act) 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000), but let us strengthen it with the help of your council,” he added.

Antiporda, who is also the alternate chair of the National Solid Waste Management Commission, recommended the creation of inter-barangay enforcement group or designation of “environmental marshals” in every barangay within a city/municipality to monitor solid waste management practices in neighboring barangays.

He also encouraged the LGUs to discuss the allocation of funds to address problems on the collection of biodegradable and residual waste.

“Kindly... allocate funds for biodegradable and residual wastes,” Antiporda said.

He likewise reiterated the commitment of the DENR to provide technical and financial assistance to the LGUs on their solid waste management programs to ensure the effective implementation of solid waste management in the country. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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