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PH Ombudsman orders Mindanao officials to explain illegal dump sites

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INVESTIGATORS from the Environmental Ombudsman Program are conducting an in-depth fact-finding investigation into illegal dump sites maintained in the Mindanao region.

Several local officials from the cities of Kidapawan, Koronadal, Valencia , Cagayan De Oro and the towns of  General Luna (Surigao Del Norte), Marihatag (Surigao Del Sur) and Loreto (Agusan Del Sur) were directed to attend a series of clarificatory hearings.

The fact-finding investigation is being conducted as part of a national campaign to ensure compliance with Republic Act No. 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000). 

As of September 2016, the Ombudsman Environmental team successfully caused the closure of 29 open dump sites nationwide.

Upon receipt of the complaint filed by the National Solid Waste Management Commission in 10 February 2016, the Environmental Ombudsman gave local officials a non-extendible period of 30 days within which to submit their explanation and a Safe Closure and Rehabilitation Plan (SCRP) which must include a proposal to immediately close the open dump site.

The Environmental Ombudsman also ordered the local officials to detail the specific tasks, activities and legislative action to be completed within six months of SCRP implementation.

The Environmental Ombudsman Team will monitor post-closure activities of the LGUs concerned and ensure that the provisions of Republic Act No. 9003 and other environmental laws are fully implemented.

Under its mandate, the Environmental Ombudsman Team headed by Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Gerard Mosquera shall investigate complaints filed against any environmental protection official and employee, and recommend the imposition of appropriate penalties and/or the filing of criminal indictments.

Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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