Cagayan de Oro, Philippines – The Cagayan de Oro City Council has allocated a substantial budget of PHP220 million for the implementation of its solid waste management program in 2024. This move aims to bolster the city's efforts in waste management and environmental conservation.
According to Philippines News Agency, the decision to allocate this budget comes in the wake of widespread non-compliance with Republic Act (RA) 9003, or the Solid Waste Management Act, by local government units (LGUs) across the country. RA 9003, which has been a law since 2001, mandates LGUs to implement effective solid waste management. However, Abaday noted that most LGUs have failed in this regard, compelling the City Council to take proactive steps to ensure Cagayan de Oro becomes a leading example in this area.
The approved budget includes about PHP50 million dedicated to the upkeep and operation of the Barangay Pagalungan landfill. Abaday highlighted that this investment demonstrates the city's commitment to environmental concerns. He also emphasized that effective solid waste management within the community can lead to reduced operational costs and a decrease in the volume of garbage collection.
Furthermore, the budget will fund upgrades in the City Local Environment and Resources Office. It will also support extensive information and education campaigns across all 80 villages in Cagayan de Oro, aiming to enhance awareness and compliance with waste segregation and management practices among residents and industries.