QUEZON CITY, Jan. 28 (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be closing all open dumpsites in the country by March 2021.
DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said the deadline in compliance with the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
"Our EMB (Environment Management Bureau) regional director(s) will continuously undertake closure of open dumpsites within their respective areas," Cimatu said.
"This is my directive to them and my directive to you, [Undersecretary] Benny [D. Antiporda]. All open dumpsites must be closed by the end of March this year," he said during the anniversary of the signing of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 or Republic Act (RA) No. 9003 on Tuesday.
Antiporda is the DENR undersecretary in charge of solid waste management and local government unit concerns. He is also the alternate chairman of the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC).
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the said law, Sec. Cimatu reported that they have reduced the number of open dumpsites from 385 in 2017 to 233 in 2020.
The National Waste Management Council has filed a case against 55 local officials over the continuous operation of open dumpsites.
Moreover, Antiporda, for his part, encouraged the local government units (LGUs) to partner with private companies in order to operate sanitary landfills. (PIA NCR)