MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Sept. 24 (PIA) -- Except for one municipality, all local government units in this province have complied with Republic Act 9003, the law on proper handling of wastes, by crafting and submitting their respective ten-year solid waste management plans.

As of end August, 2015, the only town that was not able to do so was San Francisco, said Rowena Montederamos, in-charge of solid waste management at the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Management Office (PENRMO).

Before the year is over, Montederamos, in a recent interview over dySL Kapihan sa PIA, said she was hopeful San Francisco town can make it and join the other municipalities which had submitted their ten-year solid waste management plans to the National Solid Waste Management Commission.

The deadline for submission was on March 31, 2015 but this was extended to June 30, 2015, Montederamos said during the kapihan held at the Provincial Administrators' Office.

So far, the Commission had approved the plans of Hinundayan and Limasawa, while approval for the others are also expected soonest.

Maasin City's approved ten-year plan is still up to 2016, Montederamos said.

She added that as it is, the ten-year solid waste management plan consisted of twelve comprehensive chapters, including waste analysis and characterization on the locality, and this will be updated every three years, incidentally coinciding with the term of office of the local chief executive, who shall be expected to implement the letter and spirit of the plan in accordance with law.

LGUs that fail to comply with this extensive plan on handling garbage in their respective areas will be referred to the Ombudsman for the Environment, Montederamos also said. (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)