In celebration with Zero Waste Month last January, environmental groups want to extend the celebration with decentralization of waste management systems. The declaration of the Zero Waste Management under RA 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000) since 2014 had been very enforced here in Dumaguete City and throughout the country.
Zero Waste Management in Dumaguete City
The Zero Waster Management under the Republic Act 9003 states that the law ensures the protection of the public health and environment. Known as the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000”, the RA 9003 is also promoting to “ensure the proper segregation, collection, transport, storage, treatment and disposal of solid waste through the formulation and adoption of the best environmental practice in ecological waste management excluding incineration”.
The different environmental groups want to transfer the authority of waste management systems at the barangay level and to practice proper waste segregation at source. Manager of the Zero Waste Cities Project Dumaguete Project, Merci Ferrer, explained that bringing down waste management systems and processes to the barangay level is the essence of R.A. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. She believes this is the best approach to address the city’s garbage problem.
Never-Ending Story…Sanitary Landfill
The Never-Ending story of the sanitary landfill in Dumaguete started way back in 2017. Dumaguete City Mayor Antonio Felipe “Ipe” Remollo promises to solve the Candau-ay dumpsite and build a new sanitary landfill. The sanitary land fill’s story has 7 parts and until today continues to make history.