Lawmaker seeks rewards for barangays with best solid waste mgm’t practices

MANILA — A lawmaker at the House of Representatives has proposed a measure seeking to institutionalize rewards for exhibiting good practice of ecological solid waste management in the barangay level.

AGBIAG Partylist Rep. Michelle Antonio has filed House Bill 5915 mandating the local government units (LGUs) to institutionalize rewards for barangays that are compliant with Section 32 of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (Republic Act 9003), which requires the establishment of a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in every barangay.

HB 5915, otherwise known as “Best Solid Waste Management Practices of Barangays Act of 2017” states that barangays with fully operational MRFs shall be recognized by their respective LGUs, and the one that has the best solid waste management practices will be given monetary awards.

In her explanatory note, Antonio said only 25 percent of barangays have complied with the establishment of MRFs in every barangay or cluster of barangays 17 years since the passage of RA 9003.

Citing the 2014 report of the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), Antonio said that only 8,656 MRFs have been established, serving 10,327 barangays as of 2014. This is in contrast to the existing 42,036 barangays nationwide.

“With a reward system in place, barangays will be encouraged to obey the law,” she said.

The lady lawmaker highlighted that the City of San Fernando, Pampanga has set the bar in compliance with RA 9003 by implementing an awarding system for the best barangay that has the best solid waste management.

“Barangay Maimpis was awarded, several other barangays followed suit. This saw the reduction of the city’s garbage expenses and the decrease in number of dengue cases,” Antonio said.

Antonio expressed hope that with the passage of the bill, all of the LGUs nationwide may realize the same benefits that the City of San Fernando reaped.

The funding for these rewards will be sourced from the Solid Waste Management Fund which is administered by the National Solid Waste Management Commission. Filane Mikee Cervantes/