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Environmental Ombudsman eyes illegal dumpsites in Albay

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Illegal dumpsites have been discovered in six towns in the province of Albay.

Because of this, the Environmental Ombudsman has asked the local officials of the towns of Camalig, Guinobatan, Tiwi, Daraga, Polangui and Tabaco City to explain why these illegal dumpsites are still maintained.

The Environmental Ombudsman is currently conducting an in-depth probe of the presence of these illegal dumpsites as part of a national campaign to ensure compliance with the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

Under its mandate, the Environmental Ombudsman Team headed by Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Gerard Mosquera shall investigate complaints filed against any environmental protection official and employee, and recommend the imposition of appropriate penalties and the filing of criminal indictments.

The team is also tasked to monitor post-closure activities of the local government units concerned and ensure that the provisions of environmental laws are fully implemented.

It boasted that it successfully caused the closure of three open dumpsites in the municipalities of Hindang and Bato in Leyte, and the municipality of Catarman in the Northern Samar last May.