Local Government Units that were still operating open dumpsites were ordered to immediately discontinuetheir operationafter DENR thru the Environmental Management Bureau Region XI on Monday, January 25, 2021, issued closure orderto the local government units namely, Sto. Tomas and New Corella in Davao del Norte. Open dumpsites were reportedly to be located at Sitio Cogonal, Brgy. San Jose, Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte and Purok 6, Brgy. San Jose, New Corella also in Davao del Norte. 

Regional Director Mario Bulacan pursued with the closure of these open dumps  on the basis of violating Section 37 of RA 9003 and Section 1 of DAO  2006-009, Series of 2006, which states that “no open dumps shall be established and operated, nor any practice or disposal of solid waste by any person, including local government units”.

Undersecretary Benny Antiporda , Undersecretary for Ecological Solid Waste Management and LGUs Concerns  also ordered a directiveto cease the operations of all open dumpsites  by March.

Sections 40-42 of RA 9003 clearly states that  operation of sanitary landfill shall be implemented by all cities and municipalities as final disposal facility.Under the law, specifically, Section 17 (h) of RA 9003  states that  upon closure and phasing out of open dumpsites,  local government units shall develop and operate sanitary landfill as final disposal for solid waste.

“We have the basis as we  conduct regular monitoring in all LGUs as far as solid waste management is concerned.  Based on the findings  submitted to this Office, these local government units are still operating dumpsites along with other LGUs” RD Bulacan said.

Based on the  monitoringconducted by EMB-XI in 2020, there were twenty-four  local government units identified to be operating open dumpsites.

“The closure of open dumps is to let the LGUs know that we are serious in enforcing the law and heightened their compliance to RA 9003” RD Bulacan added.

Meanwhile, the local government unit  of Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte has proposed a site for Sanitary Landfill.  Recently,  the Sangguniang Bayan crafted a resolution allowing the said local government unit to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with a technology provider for its proposed establishment of waste-to-energy facility.

On the other hand, the local government unit of New Corella in Davao del Norte has ceased its operations of their  open dump. As reported, residual wastes were temporarily   stored at their Residual Containment Area until their sanitary landfill is established.