Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000: Emphasis on Protection of Public Health and Environment Essay

The law emphasizes solid waste avoidance and volume reduction through source reduction and waste minimization measures, with the protection of public health and the environment as the primary goal.

There are issues to be addressed here: (1.) lack of management system, (2.) lack of public support for environmental concerns, (3.) lack of public awareness through information and education.

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Solid waste management whose importance is directly related to public health, resource management and utilization, and maintaining a clean environment, is necessary in ensuring human development. Solid waste management benefits the population in many ways.

Past efforts to promote waste segregation at source have failed despite the issuance of city ordinances providing for sanctions and penalties for non-compliance. Some reasons that have been cited for the non-compliance include: indifference of local residents to participate in community waste management-related activities, local government collection services’ non- allowance for segregated waste collection, residents’ attitude that government has the sole responsibility over garbage management and lack of information and education campaigns. The

City Government admitted that they failed to focus on solid waste management concerns and had difficulty enforcing the policy due to lack of budget and resources to educate the public on the proper means of disposing garbage in accordance with Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Management Law.

To address this problem, I think education drive and a budget to teach residents about segregation would be needed. But even if the public will educated, the next problem would be sourcing the money to buy the trash cans and colored plastic needed for the dumping of the segregated waste and it seems that with the worsening economic crisis and unemployment, it is highly likely that the trash cans which would be provided for segregated garbage would be stolen and sold. Barangay officials should campaign for the adoption of segregation among households within their neighborhood. The “heart and soul” of RA 9003 is mobilizing barangay officers and their constituents to make recovery facilities or areas for recycling household waste.