BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya—Governor Ruth Padilla said Friday she was bent on declaring war against the “indiscriminate dumping and burning of wastes” as the provincial government launched its zero waste program.
Padilla marked the program by signing the Zero Waste Declaration at the Ammungan Hall at the capitol compound here joined by local government units.
She said that, with the zero waste declaration, all sectors in the province would be encouraged to support the call for a clean and healthy environment for the present and future generations.
“I do hope that we Novo Vizcayano will do our share in the implementation of this program to make the province clean and green, so that we can enjoy living in a healthy environment,” Padilla said.
She said the implementation of Republic Act 9003 or the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act” was ensured with the zero waste declaration and that it would “encourage the participation of the community in planning, developing and implementing local and national environmental policies, programs and activities.”
RA 9003 seeks to adopt and carry out waste reduction and management plans and systems in the homes, schools, communities and business establishments with 100 percent recovery of recyclable wastes.
“With this [declaration], we will strongly and in full force call for the stoppage of indiscriminate dumping and burning as means of waste disposal,” Padilla said.
She said the provincial government would promote instead “composting, reusing and recycling as alternative means as well as encourage people to venture into green jobs in proper recycling and waste disposal.”