Corresponding Penalties and Fines for Violators

Since waste disposal becomes an environmental issue that our country continuously faces, the central government together with the local governments, have established various laws and policies to regulate its growing effects and to inculcate in the minds of the Filipino to protect and care for our homeland. As such, it would be of great help for us seeing that we can fully maximize our resources without sacrificing our environment. Proper implementation of these laws and policies is a must, also because it is one of the factors that will contribute to its success hence, people have to cooperate and abide whether they like it or not.

Let’s start off with Republic Act no. 9003 or also known as “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000”, an act providing for an ecological solid waste management program, creating the necessary institutional mechanisms and incentives, declaring certain acts prohibited and providing penalties, appropriating funds therefor, and for other purposes (RA 9003, 2000). This act guarantees the protection of the country’s public health and the environment from possible adverse effects that improper waste disposal can bring. It also covers the entirety of the waste lifecycle, from its production down to its disposal.

Years have passed since RA 9003 was implemented, it was discovered that many local governments weren’t able to fully comply with its rules and regulations. However, there were still few municipalities that were able to properly and successfully implement the law and one of which is the small urban town of Los Baños in Laguna. In the year 2001, Former Mayor Caesar Perez had made programs in line with RA 9003, one of that is the Municipal Ordinance 2001-08 of August 17, 2001 or “Anti-Littering and Waste Segregation Program” wherein it followed a strict ordinance of waste and segregation schemes, a collection schedule for garbages and corresponding penalties and fines for violators. In association to the municipal ordinance, an environmental project called “Malinis at Maayos na Kapaligiran, Malusog at Matinong Pamayanan” was launched by the local government lead by Perez himself in partnership with Los Baños Science Community Foundation Incorporated (LBSCFI).