DENR-Region 6

Be waste-free this Undas: DENR 6

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As Undas or Tigkalalag in the local dialect is approaching, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is calling on the public to observe this event without waste.

Echoing the call of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu not to turn graveyards into dumps, Regional Executive Director (RED) for Western Visayas Jim O Sampulna urges local government units (LGUs) from the barangay level to the provincial level to heighten public awareness on the need to refrain from generating so much waste during the yearly celebration.

“We are calling on all LGUs in Western Visayas to be more responsible and proactive as they do their best to implement the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act or R.A. 9003. They must see to it that their constituents within their jurisdiction of authority adhere to sanitation rules,” RED Sampulna said.

“We hope that a heightened awareness on the possible wastage, especially food, will be kept in mind by everybody during this time. Let us be aware before we go to our respective family graves, except from candles and flowers, may we also bring with us our own garbage bags to put our trash into and not litter around,” he added.

RED Sampulna also asks for the cooperation of the local government units (LGUs) to practice and implement the Republic Act 9003 in memorial parks and public cemeteries, and strongly make it a habit to be clean throughout the days of the year.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has made it clear in his top three priority programs the implementation of the three essential environmental laws, namely: Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Act of 2000 (R.A. 9003), Clean Air Act of 1999 (R.A. 8749) and Clean Water Act (R.A. 9275)./DENR6