The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) MIMAROPA Region, through its provincial counterparts, simultaneously led the posting of signage informing the public of the permanent closure of dumpsites in 17 municipalities within the region on January 25 and 26.

Pursuant to Section 37 of Republic Act No. 9003 and in line with the directives during the EMB Regional Directors’ meeting held on 22 January 2021 to close operating illegal dumpsites, EMB MIMAROPA Region has implemented the posting of signage for the permanent closure of 17 dumpsites in its administrative jurisdictions.

On 25 January 2021, posting of signage were held in the municipalities of Mamburao and Sta. Cruz in Occidental Mindoro; Baco, Bongabong, Pola, and Roxas in Oriental Mindoro; Buenavista, Gasan, Mogpog, Sta. Cruz, and Torrijos in Marinduque; Alcantara in Romblon; and the municipalities of Narra and San Vicente in Palawan.

Meanwhile, on 26 January 2021, personnel of EMB MIMAROPA field offices proceeded to the municipalities of San Jose and Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro and Naujan in Oriental Mindoro to post the same notice of closure to the location of the former dumpsites.

Prior to the execution of the directive, the implementing teams coordinated with the different local government units (LGUs) to inform them of the Bureau’s activity and seek assistance on the posting of signage to the closed dumpsites.

Section 37 of RA 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, provides that “no open dumps shall be established and operated, nor any practice of disposal of solid waste by any person, including Local Government Units (LGUs), which constitutes the use of open dumps for disposal of solid wastes.”