CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, April 11 – The provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) has considered the problem on solid waste management a silent monster, which, if not licked, will cause substantial degradation of the environment and the life of people.
Arthur F. Punsalan, head of ENRO, emphasized that "this problem has been creeping up on us and people have not really done enough to counter it."
We should not wait for it to become so big that it would blow up on our faces and we could not do anything about it, Punsalan said.
He said Governor Lilia G. Pineda, in a determined effort to combat the garbage problem, has given instructions to pursue measures that would alleviate this concern in the province.
The governor also said during the recent launch of Environment Month this April that everyday should be made Environment Day and that efforts to save the environment should not be seasonal, but instead be made part of regular day-to-day activities."
Clean up campaigns have been going on within the capitol compound itself, Punsalan said, adding that "thus, it is a common sight nowadays to see ENRO staff, with members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Army (PA) joining forces to keep the area clean."
We cannot solve the problem overnight but with the cooperation of all stakeholders, we can do it, he said.
The governor has earlier on called on mayors and other local officials to actively involve themselves in the proper waste disposal campaign in their communities. And they have been responding positively, which is a good sign, he said.
He expressed optimism that within this year, the provincial government's desire to have one MRF in every town would be realized. (PNA)