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No solid waste management plan in San Fernando, Masbate

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The municipal government of San Fernando in Masbate failed to create a Solid Waste Management Board and prepare a Solid Waste Management Plan in 2015, state auditors said.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the municipality has not yet enacted a municipal ordinance establishing the Solid Waste Management, and thus the Solid Waste Management Board was not organized and the Solid Waste Plan not created.

The auditors also said the garbage collected by the municipality’s two dump trucks were not segregated at source not segregated when collected, a violation of the Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

The auditors added that the parcel of land the municipality purchased in 2014 could not yet be used as dumpsite because the application for the Environmental Compliance Certificate from the Environmental Management Bureau is still pending.

“Garbage of all kinds was trashed in this open field dumpsite without segregation of the non/bio degradable and special wastes. It is located just along the national road where commuters usually pass by.” the auditors said.

The auditors added that open burning, prohibited under the Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, was practiced by the municipality in disposing the garbage.

“If not addressed the earliest possible time, these circumstances may adversely affect the health conditions of the constituents and may cause environmental degradation,” the auditors said.

The COA urged the municipal mayor Narciso Bravo Jr. to enact a municipal ordinance establishing a Solid Waste Management Board, prepare a Solid Waste Management Plan, implement a no segregation, no collection policy, and finally, stop the practice of open burning of garbage.

The management vowed to comply with the audit recommendations.