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 The Municipal Solid Waste Management Board (MSWMB) of Lubuagan convenes for its First Semestral Meeting on May 29.  

The meeting was presided by the MSWMB vice chairperson, Ms. Ailleen Melody E. Alya-on, the municipal planning and development coordinator (MPDC) and designated municipal environment and natural resources officer (MENRO). Agenda included the discussion on the status of Lubuagan with regard to solid waste management.

The board reviewed R.A. 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, and its prohibitions which include littering, throwing, dumping of waste matters in public places, open burning of solid waste, establishment or operation of open dumps, among others. With the observation that some of these prohibitions are violated in the community, the board laid out its plans of a strengthened and strategic information and education campaign (IEC) in barangay communities, schools, business establishments and even in government offices.

The case of Tilayu Spring, being a critically affected area of dumping and littering of waste, was also discussed. Tilayu Spring is where locals get their drinking water supply; moreover, as it is located along the national highway, it is also observed as a stopover of commuters who fill in their water bottles from the spouts of the spring. The board agreed to closely coordinate with the Lubuagan Municipal Police Station (MPS) for the conduct of random checkpoints in the area and inform commuters on the municipal ordinance prohibiting the dumping of waste in public places within Lubuagan. An informative signage will also be installed in support to the campaign.

The board also discussed about the construction of material recovery facilities (MRF). MRF, as defined in R.A. 9003, is a solid waste transfer station or sorting station, drop-off center, composting and recycling facility. The municipal government funded under its 2018 budget amounting to PhP450,000 the construction of MRF in the 9 barangays of Lubuagan. The barangays’ counterpart is to provide a lot as location of their MRFs. On the other hand, the construction of the municipal MRF is ongoing. The board scheduled for its site visit on May 31.

Meanwhile, after the meeting, the MSWMB conducted a site visit in some affected areas of Sitio Manangol especially at Tilayu Spring, where a driver was caught throwing a piece of garbage on the road. | MIO/ARBO



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