By Eireene Jairee Gomez | The Manila Times

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has ordered the closure of an open dumpsite in Limay, Bataan found to be illegally operating since 2015.

Environment Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management Benny Antiporda said they already issued a cease and desist order against the municipal government of Limay, and summoned Mayor
Lilvir Roque, Vice Mayor Robert Arvin Roque and the town councilors to explain the persistent operations of the illegal dumpsite.

“It is like a Smokey Mountain in the making. We already closed the area to stop the operations and I doubt that they will be permitted by the MGB ( Mines and Geosciences Bureau) to operate even after they rehabilitate the area. But definitely the rehabilitation must start now,” Antiporda told The Manila Times.

He noted that establishment and maintenance of an open dumpsite was strictly prohibited under Republic Act 9003 or the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.”

The DENR feared that various types of wastes from the open dumpsite located in Barangay San Francisco de Asis in Limay would reach the nearby body of waters, noting several connecting creeks and rivers in the area.

Antiporda said Limay entered into a memorandum of agreement with Metro Clark Waste Management Corp. based in Pampanga for the disposal of its wastes after the dumpsite was closed three years ago.

“We learned they have coordinated with Metro Clark, but it was only for a year. What we expected was that they would transfer their wastes to Clark, but unfortunately they resumed operations in the supposed-to-be closed dumpsite in Limay as it is illegal,” Antiporda added.

Some 42 barangays will converge for the massive simultaneousTullahan-Tinajeros River System  clean up on March 31, 2019 in support to the Battle for  Manila Bay being spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Captains in these 42 barangays in Quezon City, Caloocan, Valenzuela City, Malabon City and Navotas City are also set to ink memoranda of agreement with the DENR, dubbed as Kasunduan. The agreement underscores the barangays’ commitment to help improve water quality, proper management of solid wastes, including the promotion of waste reduction, reuse and recycling, partnership in community mobilization, and in information and education campaigns for water quality and solid waste management, habitat restoration, climate and disaster resiliency.

Simultaneous river, creek, estero and waterwaysclean up will be conducted by all barangays covering the Tullahan-Tinajeros river system including private sector partners and other national government agencies supporting the rehabilitation of these creeks.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said that the rehabilitation of this very important river system will positively affect efforts to clean up Manila Bay.

“These creeks are key tributaries that discharge their wastes to Manila Bay. By ensuring that wastes from both Tullahan and Tinajeros Rivers, and their creeks  are addressed, we can expect significant improvement in theBay’s water quality,” Cimatu said.

Rhodina Villanueva || The Philippine Star

February 21, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu has urged governors from vulnerable provinces to fully implement a government program that would help protect communities from climate-induced disasters and spare future generations from the worst impacts of climate change.

“Climate change is already here, and it will be here for the next generations. It is now, therefore, our obligation to take this program for implementation, so that the next generations will have a guide,” Cimatu said last Thursday, warning of a great fallout from climate change.

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