By J. Jala | 05:30 PM January 25, 2021
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ordered the closure of an open dumpsite in Guindulman town on Monday, January 25, 2021.
In a statement, DENR Central Visayas said that the “cease-and-desist order emphasized that the closure of the dumpsite means that it will not anymore be allowed to accept disposal of any type of
waste and any person or entity who shall act in contravention of the closure order shall be liable to the law.”
It said that the local government unit of Guindulman headed by Mayor Maria Fe Piezas has long been advised to conduct immediate rehabilitation of the area following the general guideline stipulated in the
Safe Closure and Rehabilitation Plan (SCRP) of open dumpsite and
controlled dump facilities stipulated in Department Administrative Order No. 9 series of 2006.
DENR added that sufficient time has been given to LGU-Guindulman by Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) 7.
“But unfortunately, respondent failed and continued to ignore the CDO issued,” it said.
Open dumpsites have been prohibited by law after the passage of Republic Act 9003 or the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.”