MAY 19, 2019 — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) called on newly elected city and municipal mayors to prioritize the enforcement of environmental laws.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu sought the help of local leaders, citing their duty to Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
“We call on newly elected local officials to give priority to full and strict implementation of environmental laws, particularly on solid waste management,” said Cimatu.
DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and LGU Concerns Benny Antiporda warns mayors against violating provisions in RA 9003.
Local leaders are encouraged to report any violations to the aforementioned Republic Act, particularly open dumpsites in their respective areas.
“We will go after both newly elected and outgoing local officials who violated environmental laws,” Antiporda said.
The DENR is also hopeful that local government leaders will fully implement the Philippine laws in sustaining clean air and clean water.
Likewise, the DENR called on mayors to cooperate with inter-agency task force in charge of the Manila Bay rehabilitation.
“The task force cannot do it alone. We need the full cooperation of LGUs,” Cimatu said.