CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Provincial ENRE Officer, Asmarie M. Labao, commended the Provincial Local Government Unit of Lanao del Sur for championing their 10-Year Ecological Solid Waste Management Plan during the latter’s formulation workshop on the said subject last 8-12 June 2022.

LGU officials and representatives from Civil Society Organizations (CSO) joined in the formulation and consolidation of Lanao del Sur’s 10-Year Provincial ESWMP, which the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of Region X provided technical assistance to. Municipal Planning and Development Officers (MPDO) and designated Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officers (MENRO) also participated during the week-long workshop that was organized by the Provincial Government through its Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO).

Representatives from the LGUs aided in the data consolidation as they discussed their respective experiences and best practices. LGU-MENRO Wao shared their successful operation and management of their sanitary landfill, along with their information campaign. Further, Engr. Cala Batugan, the Project Manager of Solid Waste Management of Marawi City, presented their ongoing implementation of the Marawi’s SWMP, while Forester Mindamora G. Solaiman delivered some proposals on Municipal MRF and SLF clustering and Lakbay-Aral/Educational Tour.

“We are thankful that the PLGU of Lanao del Sur is now serious in championing the 10-Year Ecological Solid Waste Management Plan. With these efforts, I am hopeful that the LGUs of Lanao del Sur will also follow and pursue their commitment and compliance with the ESWM Act,“ said PENREO Labao.

“It’s high time that our solid waste management plan must be prioritized amid our pursuit of a clean environment,” PENREO added.

Pursuant to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, the province, city or municipality, through its local Solid Waste Management Boards, shall prepare its respective 10-Year Solid Waste Management Plans consistent with the National Solid Waste Management Framework. The Provincial SWM Board is responsible with consolidating plans and programs, establishing activities, and complementing efforts at the local and barangay levels.