The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) shall be the primary government agency under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to formulate, integrate, coordinate, supervise and implement all policies, programs, projects and activities relative to the prevention and control of pollution as well as the management and enhancement of environment thus, the EMB 6 provides forty (40) sets of Solid Waste Management Equipment to forty (40) Local Government Units (LGUs) in the region.

Consisting of brand-new Biodegradable Waste Shredder, Composter and New Solar Powered 4G Network Camera Kit, this activity aims to help LGUs improve their compliance in increasing waste diversion of solid wastes pursuant to Section 8 of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

EMB 6 Regional Director Atty. RamarNiel V. Pascua said that providing LGUs with the equipment will transform the diverted wastes into assets as organic fertilizers and will also help increase the collection of recyclable materials.

SWM equipment receipts are the following; six LGUs in the Province of Aklan - Balete, Banga, Batan, Nabas, New Washington and Numancia; seven in the Province of Antique – Bugasong, Culasi, Hamtic, Laua-An, Pandan, San Remegio and Tobias Fornier; eight in the Province of Capiz – Dao,Ma-ayon, Mambusao, Panay, Panit-an, Pilar, Pontevedra, and Sigma; two in Guimaras Province – Jordan and Nueva Valencia; fourteen (14) in Iloilo Province – Alimodian, Balasan, Banate, Barotac Viejo, Concepcion, Dingle, Dueñas, Guimbal, Igbaras, Leganes, Lemery, Maasin, San Dionisio and San Enrique; and three in Negros Occidental – Moises Padilla, Toboso and Valladolid.

“RA 9003 is something we cannot close one’s eyes to, it is something unsuitable but a familiar sight to all of us,” Regional Executive Director Livino B. Duran said.

“This Biodegradable Waste Shredder, composter and other equipment’s is just a proof of action, continuously,” he added.

Furthermore, from CY 2012 to 2020, six (6) provinces in the region were provided with plastic molders; fifty-eight (58) LGUs were provided with Bio-composter with Shredders, forty-two (42) LGUs had received financial support for the establishment of their MRFs; forty-three (43) LGUs for the procurement of shredders; sixty-eight (68) LGUs for the establishment of MRF and purchase of equipment; seventeen (17) LGUs received support for the establishment and operationalization of ESWM for public markets; ten (10) LGUs for their Safe and Closure Rehabilitation of dumpsites; twenty-seven (27) LGUs for the National Eco-savers Program; and three (3) LGUs have received eco-bikes./DENR