Workshop for Jalaur

Training Workshop on Solid waste Management for Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) personnel was spearheaded by Environmental Management Unit (EMU).

Solid waste is one of the major impacts perceived during the JRMPII construction that would be paralleled to the influx of people in various municipalities most specifically at the identified temporary facilities sites. Solid waste generation would have an adverse effect to the nearest environment of the construction site if mismanaged. Its management is one of the environmental obligation of the project proponent as provided under the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) issued for the project construction and by the Environmental and Social due diligence of the funding institution. 

Ensuring all plans, programs and activities for the management of solid waste during the project construction is in accordance with the existing Philippine laws and regulations, JRMPII initiated to conduct a training workshop of the Republic Act (RA) 9003 or commonly known as Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Regional Office VI technical staff for solid waste management was invited as the resource speaker for the activity. It was held last October 30, 2017 at the NIA-JRMPII Conference room.

Engineer Jonel B. Borres, Division Manager B for Engineering Division, gave a short rationaleand updates of the project. He also stressed the importance of the training for the upcoming construction activity. 

Engineer Jemimah Borja, technical staff and expert for solid waste management of the EMB VI, presented the salient points and related provision of RA 9003 to the construction of JRMPII. It was well participated by the technical staff from the Engineering and Construction, key personnel from the Administrative and Finance and Institutional Development Divisions of JRMPII. Heavy equipment operators and drivers in the field were also present. 

All the prohibitions, responsible persons, and, fines and charges for all the violations were presented. The training focused on the proper handling of specific type of solid waste such as Biodegradable, Non-biodegradable and Recyclables and on the major responsibility of the LGU for the management of all solid waste within its territory.The LGU has the main responsibility in the identification of disposal sites, legitimate buyers and establishment of Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) which is in line with the provisions of the RA 9003 of 2000. 

The plans, programs and activities for the management of solid waste during the JRMPII construction should be in line with the existing plans and programs of the concerned Local Government Unit (LGU).

JRMP II construction is expected to start on the first quarter of 2018. Solid waste management is one of the major activities that would be undertaken during the construction period as part of the mitigating measures for the environmental and social impact of the project. /JP Dominador B. De La Cruz