COA orders Pampanga to submit solid waste plan
by Allan Yves Briones
The Commission on Audit (COA) ordered the provincial government of Pampanga to develop its 10-Year Provincial Solid Waste Management Plan (PSWMP) as required under law.
“A comprehensive ten-year plan on solid waste management for the whole province will facilitate the planning and budgeting of programs and projects that would bring about the most desirable environmental outcomes,” the 2018 annual audit report stated.
In its report, COA cited Republic Act No. 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 which calls for local government units to formulate a plan which will cover:
Waste characterization, collection and transfer
Solid waste facility and final disposal
Education and public information
Privatization of solid waste management projects
State auditors found that by the end of 2018, 11 out of 21 component municipalities were able to get their SWMP’s approved by the National Solid Waste Management Commission including Mabalacat, Guagua and San Fernando.
However, 9 have only yet submitted, with Macabebe failing to submit at all for failing to attend the final review organized by the provincial government.
COA urged the provincial solid waste board to hasten the development of the PSWMP by referring to the already-established national framework, and provide assistance to Macabebe with regards to the formulation of their local plan.
According to Pampanga’s local environment officer, they have been consolidating data from the 11 local government previously approved by the national commission, and will be conducting a “writeshop” by the 2nd quarter of 2019.
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