Senate to probe state of dumps



MANILA, Philippines—Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III is seeking an inquiry into the condition of garbage dumps across the country after the weather bureau warned of more La Niña-induced rains in the coming months.

Pimentel said the aim of the inquiry is to find out how the Solid Waste Management Act of 2003 could be effectively implemented in the face of reports that more than 1,000 local government units operating open and controlled trash dumps had been tagged for environmental violations.

“We want to find out how far and how deep implementation of the solid waste management law has gone in light of several aggravating environmental situations that have happened around the country,” he said in filing Resolution No. 702.

The resolution directs the Senate committees on health and demography, local government, and other appropriate committees to look into the condition of all dumps nationwide.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has projected a wet season that will be aggravated by La Niña and warned of heightened rains up to August that would directly impact on the condition of garbage dumps.

Pimentel also stressed the urgency of a systematic rehabilitation of decommissioned dumps “to reduce the continuing biological, chemical and physical threats” they pose.

The senator cited the fatal incident in Baguio City last August where heavy rains brought by Typhoon “Mina” caused the garbage mound at the Irisan dump to loosen and topple a retaining wall, killing three people and damaging homes.

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  • jarjarbinx

    Ignore this news. There are more important things to do like convict Corona.

  • a1phantom

    I thought this article is about the Senate probing the state of Malacanang and the cabinet

  • Pinoy_Reich

    Dapat imbestigahan din ng senado ang impact ng impeachment trial sa mga ‘buwaya’ sa Pilipinas. Kasi lately, nabubulabog sila sa natural enviroment nila, na-expose kasi yun natural habitat nila eh.

  • Anne Torre

    Oh, there’s a Senator who’s working! I guess, he should also seek a repel of the stupid Lina law because every typhoon, flooding and fire, the squatters get the worst hit! And because of the Lina Law and the propagation of the culture of mendicancy by Malacanang dole-out CCT program, their colonies is continually growing!

    If the Pwesident has mercy on the poor, it’s high time to regain his psychological composure and train his time to the economy and job creation.

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