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Interagency group to combat littering, illegal dumping of wastes in Calabarzon

by Carlo P. Gonzaga
November 16, 2019

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 4A has established a group of environment watchdogs from different regional line agencies that would combat violators of the Republic Act 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 in the region.

DENR 4A says the anti-trash group formed under its new collaborative program CASABWATCH (CALABARZON Sanitasyon at Basura Watch) would take the lead in monitoring waste dumping in the region.

Said group, according to DENR 4A, would help address the waste problems in the region.

According to DENR 4A, the program aims to reduce the solid waste flowing in the waterways of Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) and in Manila Bay through strict implementation of no littering and no illegal dumping of wastes in the region.

It said the program is in support of DENR’s flagship programs and advocacy campaigns such as the Manila Bay Clean-Up and Rehabilitation Program, Manila Bayanihan para sa Kalikasan Advocacy, and Tayo ang Kalikasan.

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The CASABWATCH which is set to be endorsed to the Regional Development Council was conceptualized in collaboration with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 4A.

Aside from monitoring garbage dumping, the CASABWATCH comprised of members from mandamus agencies, media, academe, concerned agencies, and other organizations, would also hold violators accountable.

According to the report of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) 4A, only two out of the 14 monitored bathing beaches connected to Manila Bay are within the standard fecal coliform level of 100 MPN/100 mL.

EMB monitoring report showed that 4,572 tons of waste generated per day within the Manila Bay Region of which 43 percent are biodegradable, 31 percent are recyclable, 25 percent are residuals, and 1 percent are special wastes.

Aside from its regular clean-up activities conducted in partnership with local government units and civil society organizations, the DENR 4A has also intensified monitoring and inspection of various establishments in the region.

The DENR 4A says it has inspected 1,200 establishments and issued 344 notice of violations as of September this year. (PIA4A/DENR4A)

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