Laoag City: The Golden Environmentalist 2016

Solid waste management, environmentally speaking, is defined as a way of controlling the surroundings we are living in. People strive to comply with this practice because it is one way of taking cleanliness to the environment. It also implies orderliness, greenness, and a safe community. Laoag City is recognized in these standards.

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Last June 1st 2016, in celebration of the Philippine Environment Month, Laoag City was honored and received a plaque of recognition for Best Practices in the Implementation of Republic act 9003, during the Region I Ecological Solid Waste Management Summit and Awarding Program with the theme: Fostering Shared Responsibility in Integrated Solid Waste Management”, given by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, particularly the Environmental Management Bureau-I (EMB-I). Regional Director Ms. Maria Victoria V. Abrera personally handed the plaque. The said awarding ceremony was held at the Thunderbird Resorts, Poro Point, San Fernando La Union.

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Republic act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 is a landmark environmental legislation in the Philippines. This was passed by the Philippine Congress on December 20, 2000 and was consequently approved by the Office of the President on January 26, 2001. It contains seven (7) chapters sub-divided into 66 sections, setting out policy direction for an effective solid waste management program in the country. The law was made in response to the alarming garbage problems in the country. RA 9003 also declares the policy of the state in adopting a systematic, comprehensive and ecological solid waste management program that guarantees the protection of public health and the environment, and the proper segregation, collection, transport, storage, treatment, and disposal of solid waste through the formulation and adoption of best environmental practices. Moreover, it illustrates the benefits of recycling not only in addressing waste management problems but also to lessen poverty.

          Laoag City Mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas is extending her warmest gratitude to the Laoageños who have been so great in making profound ways on how to sustain cleanliness and orderliness in the City.

Agbiag iti Laoageños! Agbiag Laoag!

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