In Pampanga, DENR shuts down four illegal open dumpsites

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For violation of ecological solid waste management law, at least four open dumpsites in Pampanga were shut down, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said Wednesday.

The four dumpsites were operating illegally in the village of Lara in the town of San Fernando, Maliwalo in the town of Bacolor, and San Jose Matli and Matli Dos in Porac.

Under the rule, it is strictly prohibited to set up and maintain an open dumpsite.

DENR Under-Secretary Benny Antiporda released a cease and desist order (CDO) against San Fernando City and Bacolor and Porac Municipal Governments on the construction of these illegal dumpsites.

The dumpsite contained mixed plastics refuse, diapers, styrofoam, and even hospital waste such as syringe and tube.

The DENR will continue to monitor illegal dumpsites, he said, which will have a serious impact on Manila Bay’s ongoing clean-up and rehabilitation.

Seven days will be given to concerned local governments to explain the illegal operation of the dumpsites, as supported by the necessary documents, clearances and other permits.

When local government officials and national agency officials are found guilty, the local government code can face administrative charges.

The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act specifies that no open dumps shall be permitted, nor any solid waste activity or disposal that constitutes open dumps for solid waste.

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