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LGU’s told to firm SWMP

| by: Cris Lanie Delos Reyes

The Cebu Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, in collaboration with the Environment Management Bureau-7, is doing a three-day evaluation and assessment on the local government units’ progress with its 10-year Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP).

The three-day activity at the Golden Valley Hotel in Cebu City,from May 31- June 2, will help determine where and how the Cebu Provincial Government can help the LGUSs implement the environmental law.

The first SWMP writeshop-seminarwas conducted on September 15-17 last year, which became the venue for some LGUs to start creating their plans.

The City of Naga, the only LGU with SWMP approved by the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) wasinformed of the expiration of its plan this year.

Rowena Alensonorin, representative of the Solid Waste Management Board of the city of Naga said they are advancing the preparation of their 10-year plan that will begin next year.

For Bogo,RimaMaitom of the City Planning and Development Office of Bogo City shared that they have completed and passed their 10-year plan to NSWMC.

“Currently, we are just waiting for the commission’s feedback regarding corrections and clarifications for the sake of the plan’s revisions,” said Maitom.

Aloguinsan town’s plan isalmost complete but lacks the manpower especially in the formulation of the Waste Analysis and Characterization Study (WACS).

Aloguinsan’s representative,JanessaCostillas, said that WACS needs time. “Kinahanglan mi moadtoog 4 ka barangay; 2 from urban and 2from rural, with 30 households each barangay. We will then check unsang klase ang mga basura usa mi maka buhat sa WACS nga chapter sa 10-year plan,” Costillas added.

PENRO’s SWMP coordinator, Elmer Malaga, said that the LGUs are more responsive about the creation of their 10-year plan. “Hinuon naa pa gyuy LGU nga wala pa naka pass pero gamay nalang na sila. We will continue to urge them in crafting their plan,” said Malaga.

The municipality of Cordova Material Recovery Facility (MRF)is now 80% complete. The funds came from the Cebu Provincial Government. This is Cordova’s third facility. This is Cordova’s third MRF facility.Funds coming for the two MRFs came from the LGU and  theEMB.

It took them 4 months to prepare for the documents and for the construction of the facility in Barangay Cogon.