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Newly elected officials from Laguna attend Seminar on Compliance with Solid Waste Management Policies

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by Karen S. Janiya

The Institute for Governance and Rural Development (IGRD) and the Center for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies (CSPPS) of CPAf sponsored a seminar entitled “Achieving Improved Performance Compliance with Solid Waste Management Policies in Manila Bay Region” on September 19, 2018 at CPAf Rooms 303-304.

The seminar was conducted primarily for the newly-elected barangay officials and staff from the Local Government Units (LGU) of Liliw, Magdalena, Sta. Cruz, Majayjay, and Rizal in Laguna. Other participants include LGU officials; Sta. Cruz Watershed Integrated Management (SWIM) Association, Inc. members; Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) representatives; and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Region IV-A representatives.

The seminar aimed to increase the level of understanding of the newly-elected officials on the policies of the Solid Waste Management (SWM) as these are used as key performance indicators for compliance to environmental laws. The seminar also explained the monitoring compliance system on SWM policies within the Manila Bay Region. 

The first speaker, Mr. Edgardo S. Reyes, president of the SWIM Association, Inc., discussed the role of their organization in rehabilitating and protecting the Sta. Cruz Watershed and its river tributaries. He was followed by Ms. Roslin Rachel G. Gutierrez from DILG Region IV-A, who introduced the Manila Bay Clean-up, Rehabilitation, and Preservation Program, particularly the program’s key performance indicator on solid waste management. Other key compliance indicators related to having hygienic septic tanks, wastewater treatment facilities, and informal settling were briefly discussed. Cited indicators are in accordance to RA No. 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act), RA No. 9275 (Clean Water Act), and RA No. 7279 (Urban Development and Housing Act), among others.

Dr. Myra E. David, IGRD faculty, discussed the compliance monitoring system on SWM, which the DILG has established. She stressed the importance of establishing a compliance monitoring system at the barangay level that should be led by the barangay officials with the community and various sectors. Based on her research, Dr. David mentioned discrepancies of the results on data reported by the barangay against actual conditions in the said locality. According to Dr. David, creating a new system at the barangay level through the leadership of barangay officials and the compliance of households and other sectors to government policies will improve the reporting and monitoring behavior in the community. “Only then can they achieve improved performance compliance with solid waste management policies,” she added.

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