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Governor asks Pampanga mayors to help solve garbage problem

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Gov. Lilia Pineda on Wednesday vowed to give a “renewed effort and commitment” to solve the garbage problem in Pampanga.

Pineda, who is on her second term, said she had focused on “too many things such as education, health and agriculture, that’s why my effort was not enough to help solve the problem of waste.”

She said the provincial government will purchase a land in Porac town to be used as a material recovery facility (MRF). She said her administration will push waste segregation as highlighted in the Solid Waste Management Act.

“I will pressure the mayors and the barangay captains. They must be more aggressive and dedicated,” said Pineda in the dialect.

“More important, the 2 million Pampanga folk should cooperate by simply being responsible when disposing of their waste,” she said.  

Art Punsalan, head of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, said the same law on waste management specified that mayors and barangay captains are mandated to be directly in charge of its implementation.

The Ecoligical Solid Management Act, or Republic Act 9003, was signed into law in 2000.

“The governor is supposed to be just a supporting act. What is happening is that she is the one leading the campaign. Worse, the governor is not getting much cooperation from many officials,” said Punsalan.

He said Pineda had given one brand-new garbage truck to each of the 21 towns and cities of the province “as a testament to her desire to help solve the problem.  Not to mention the other support she is giving, such as educating the people and officials on waste management and other forms of logistics.”

Punzalan said the province produces between 800 metric tons and 900 MT of garbage per day.

Punzalan said, “If we will not segregate and throw all our waste in sanitary landfills, we will spend at least P500 million yearly just for that purpose.”

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