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DENR’s solid waste management gets support from Iloilo resorts

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Resort owners in Northern Iloilo have thrown their support behind the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ solid waste management plan for Isla de Gigantes in Carles town there.

The DENR Region 6 said owners of beach resorts in Islas de Gigantes took part in the three-day orientation for the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Raul Lorilla said this comes at a time they are expecting an influx of tourists at Carles, which is gaining popularity among beach lovers and travel enthusiasts.

“Solid waste is a common problem among island destinations and it is best that they are ready to handle it by putting in place proper procedures with regards to handling wastes that always tail along ecotourism boom,” said Lorilla.

Lorilla and San Dionisio CENR Officer Rene Abordo led the group that conducted the orientation.

During the orientation, participants were briefed on the salient features of ESWM and the important role of the barangay, especially the Barangay Solid Waste Management Committee, in the implementation of the program.

They also discussed the inventory of resorts, determination of ESWM practices, identification of illegal structures and laws on easement in five areas, including:
– Brgy. Asluman, North Gigantes Carles
– Bantigue Island
– Antonia Island
– Maruja Flora Island Paradise
– Tangke Lagoon

Abelardo Monteban, barangay chairman of Brgy. Asluman in North Gigantes, said the local government unit and the resort owners were very grateful for the visit.

Monteban pledged to support the implementation of ESWM in Isla de Gigantes.

For his part, DENR-6 regional director Jim Sampulna said his office is working hard to keep people knowledgeable on environmental laws.

But he maintained the implementation lies with the local governing body.