Adiong bats for strict enforcement of solid waste regulations

By Apipa Bagumbaran

Presiding over the 2nd quarterly meeting of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Mohammad Khalid “Mujam” Adiong underscored the need to strictly enforce policies and regulations on solid waste management before incentivizing compliance. (Jason Casas/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA) — Vice Governor Mohammad Khalid “Mujam” Adiong has called for the stricter enforcement of laws and ordinances on solid waste management (SWM).

The vice governor made the call during the 2nd quarter Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in response to recommendations for incentives to compliant individuals, organizations, barangays, and local government units (LGUs).

He underscored the need to prioritize first the enforcement of regulations and ordinances before incentivizing compliance.

“Ok siya [ang pagbibigay ng reward], yung nga lang ang problema dyan ay nasasanay tayo palagi na may incentives. Kailangan ba laging magbigay para lang ipatupad ang batas? Enforce muna natin then titingnan natin kung sino yung pinakabest ang practice at strategies,” he said noting that the province has passed various ordinances on solid waste.

[It’s ok (the giving rewards )but the problem is that we get used to having incentives. Is it always necessary to give just to enforce the law? Let’s enforce first then we’ll see who has the best practice and strategies.]

Adiong also urged local DRRMs to remind their respective LGUs of their duty under the Republic Act 9003 which provides for a systematic, comprehensive and ecological solid waste management program.

He emphasized that both the LGUs and the public must support each other in implementing the SWM law and related local ordinances (APB/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)

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