By Celeste Anna R. Formoso
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Aug. 27 (PNA) — In line with the goals of the Waste Management Act of 2000 for local government units (LGUs) to craft their solid waste management plans to present times, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Palawan organized a Waste Analysis & Characterization Study (WACS) in Bataraza recently.
The Provincial Information Office (PIO) in a press statement said the WACS was done in the said mining town in cooperation with its Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) from Aug. 18-20.
The study came following MENRO Rey Riveras request for PENRO Atty. Noel Aquino to send representatives that would teach them on the conduct of the WACS for waste management.
The participants who attended were employees of the MENRO, Solid Waste Management Unit, Public Market Administration, other local business establishments, and the four representatives of the Brookes Point Municipal ENRO.
WACS is composed of actual collection of wastes from homes, market, private and government establishments, and the segregation of wastes, including their weighing.
The data that will be collected from the WACS training will serve as initial information for the crafting of a 10-year Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan that will be submitted to the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC).
The commission, according to the PIO, had set March 2016 as deadline of submission of all Municipal SWM plans in the country based on Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Waste Management Act. (PNA)