By Danny O. Calleja
LEGAZPI CITY, 3Sept2013 – Catanduanes Governor Araceli Wong has organized a group that will ensure proper solid waste management as a measure towards the protection and conservation of the island province’s verdant natural resources.
In a statement reaching here Monday, Wong said she formed the Provincial Solid Waste Management Board (PSWMB) pursuant to Republic Act No. 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular 2001-19 dated March 2, 2001.
The governor will act as chairperson of the board while all the mayors of the province’s 11 towns will serve as members, along with the chair of the committee on environment and natural resources of the provincial legislative board, provincial health officer, provincial general services officer, provincial environment and natural resources officer and provincial engineer.
The PSWMB, according to Wong, will ensure the development of a Provincial Solid Waste Management Plan from the submitted solid waste management plans of the respective municipal solid waste management boards (MSWMBs), which shall reflect the general program of action and initiatives of the provincial government.
It will also provide the necessary logistical and operational support to municipalities in consonance with subsection (f) of Section 17 of the Local Government Code and recommend measures and safeguards against pollution and for the preservation of the natural ecosystem, she said.
Another task of the newly created group is to recommend measures to generate resources, funding and implementation of projects and activities as specified in the duly approved solid waste management plan.
According to Wong, in order to integrate, synchronize, monitor and evaluate the development and implementation of the provincial solid waste management plan (SWMP), the PSWMB shall convene joint meetings of the provincial and MSWMBs at least every quarter.
She added that solid waste management — when properly studied, planned and implemented — will help preserve the richness of the province’s natural resources that remains as the island’s priceless possession.
“Now that we have already organized and activated our PSWMB, the other thing that we will need is the support of every Catandunganon in making its future undertakings successful,” Wong said. (PNA)