DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño on Friday that they will file charges to those mayors and barangay captains who who fail implementing proper waste management in their localities.
Diño said that it is stated in the law under Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 mandates the barangay officials to establish a Barangay Ecological Solid Waste Management Committee (BESWMC) and to impose proper segregation and collection of garbage particularly the biodegradable, compostable and reusable wastes.
“Dapat kasuhan na natin ang mga barangay captain at mga mayor na hindi nagpapatupad ng R.A. 9003,” said Diño.
Diño cited that local officials who are accountable may face administrative charges or might be remove in their post.
Kaya itong month na ‘to, hinihintay ko na lang yung report dahil mag-uumpisa na kami na magdemanda sa mga captain na hindi nagpatupad ng RA 9003. Naghahanda na kami, we will make sure na mayroong mananagot na kapitan at saka mga mayors,” Diño said
“Kapag hindi nyo ginawa, nandito naman kami para patawan ng parusa kung sino ‘yung mga talagang ayaw gumawa nitong mga naka-atang sa kanilang trabaho,” he added.
According to the report, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año already informed the local officials to protect and implement proper waste management.
It is said that in Memorandum Circular 2018-112, barangay officials should organize or reorganize their respective BESWMC or groups that will help to implement for the formulation of a community solid waste management program consistent with that of the municipality or city.
“Be advocates for the environment. Protection of the environment and proper solid waste management practices should start in our barangays in order to prevent clogging of drainage systems which may lead to flooding,” Año said.