Monday, February 27, 2017
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COA gives failing mark to Laur LGU over solid waste mgt

State auditors gave a failing grade to the municipal government of Laur in Nueva Ecija on its solid waste management for its failure to comply with Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said this failure of the municipality to comply with the law “resulted in the non-protection of the environment and the general welfare of its constituents.”

Auditors said all of the 17 barangays of the municipality have their respective Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), but these were not yet operational.

The law said the MRF “shall receive mixed waste for final sorting, segregation, composting and recycling.”

Auditors added that the municipality had closed down its open dump site located in Sitio Manganese, Barangay Sagana on May, 2015, and entered into an agreement with Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation for the disposal of its solid waste.

The law prohibits the operation of open dumpsites.

The municipality has also not implemented a no segregation/no collection policy, which compelled garbage collectors to collect mixed waste to maintain the cleanliness within the locality.

“The above cited observations proved that the municipality was not able to comply with some of the pertinent provisions of Republic Act No. 9003 specifically on the mandatory segregation of wastes at source, no segregation/no collection wherein the municipality still collects residual mixed wastes and and the operation of open dumpsite,” the auditors said.

“The failure of the municipality to comply with some of the provisions of R.A. No. 9003 resulted in the exposure of its populace to hazardous elements that could ultimately endangered public health as well as the environment,” they added.

The local government unit told the auditors that an appropriation for lot acquisition for a Sanitary Landfill and construction of the Materials Recovery facility was included in the annual budget for 2016.

The COA urged municipal mayor Alvaro Daus to exert effort to find a suitable property for the construction of its Materials Recovery Facility and establishment of its Sanitary Landfill; coordinate with the barangay officials to educate its residents on the proper disposal of their household wastes and strictly enforce the no segregation/no collection policy; and comply with the pertinent provisions of the law to ensure protection of public health and the environment.

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