Party-list seeks strict implementation of solid waste law

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By Teofilo Garcia, Jr. (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The TGP party-list said it is seeking the strict implementation of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 across the country.

TGP Party-list Rep. Jose Teves Jr., in an interview with the Philippine News Agency Monday, underscored the importance of strengthening the collection methods for recyclable materials down to the barangay level.

“It is in support to the program of President Rodrigo Duterte on environment protection,” Teves said, adding he has filed a bill that seeks a total ban on the importation of recyclable materials into the country.

He said the ban will protect the Philippines from becoming a dumping ground of recyclable materials from developed countries, noting that tons of recyclable materials had been shipped into the country from Canada, Australia, South Korea, and Hong Kong in the past.

The recyclable materials included pieces of assorted scrap plastic, cellophane, wrappers, chunks of hard plastic, textiles, fibers, wood chips, glass cullet, stones, soil, paper, and other shredded waste materials.

Teves said the proposed measure would also strengthen the promotion of waste segregation at source in line with Republic Act 9003 otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.