Issue of September 2, 2018
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DILG tells barangay officials: Be advocates for the environment
by DILG release

The Department of the Interior and Local Government asked barangay officials to lead the job of taking care of the environment by initiating measures on proper solid waste management especially this rainy season.

“Be advocates for the environment. Protection of the environment and proper solid waste management practices should start in our barangays in order to prevent clogging of drainage systems which may lead to flooding,” said DILG OIC-Sec. Eduardo M. Año.

In Memorandum Circular 2018-112, Año called on the barangay officials to organize or reorganize their Barangay Ecological Solid Waste Management Committee (BESWMC) that shall lead in formulating a community solid waste management program consistent with that of the municipality or city.

The BESWMC will be composed of the punong barangay as the chairperson and one sangguniang barangay member, Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson, president of homeowners association, public/private school principal or representatives, one parents and teachers association president or representative, one representative from a religious organization, business community, environmental non-government organization, junk shop’s owners organization, and president of the market vendors’ association as members.

Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological and Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 provides for the creation of the BESWMC and mandates that segregation and collection of solid waste shall be conducted at the barangay level, specifically for biodegradable, compostable, and reusable wastes.

Año also encouraged local chief executives to implement various ESWM policies and rules saying that through them, “communities will experience less flooding caused by garbage-clogged drainage systems.”

The BESWMCs are tasked, among other responsibilities, to establish within the barangay or clusters of barangay a materials recovery facility, allocate funds for the barangay ESWM program approved by the sangguniang barangay, and integrate ESWM program in the Barangay Development Plan and/or Annual Investment Plan.

“BESWMC is instrumental in carrying out ESWM initiatives in the barangays. In fact they are expected to conduct trainings in barangays on topics such as segregation, composting, recycling, and livelihood opportunities,” Año said.

He added the BESWMC is also expected to establish a system of buying and selling of recyclable wastes including compost as well as promote livelihood activities from waste materials.

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