Twelve local government units (LGUs) in Negros Occidental have been named as finalists for the 2023 Provincial Search for the Best LGU Compliant with Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management (SWM) Act of 2000.
The finalists in the city category are Escalante, Sipalay, San Carlos, Sagay, Cadiz and Bago while in the municipality category, E.B. Magalona, Murcia, Manapla, Candoni, Calatrava and Pulupandan.
They were named during the 4th Quarter Provincial Solid Waste Management Board-Technical Working Group meeting spearheaded by the Provincial Environment Management Office in Calatrava on Nov. 16.
The search for compliant LGUs in SWM is an incentive program of the provincial government, which aims to provide a structured framework for the 31 LGUs of Negros Occidental to manage their solid waste systems effectively and efficiently.
It also aimed at encouraging active participation from various evaluators who will provide constructive and positive feedback on the SWM practices implemented for each LGUs being evaluated annually as well as serve as a benchmarking opportunity for sharing and adopting the best SWM practices from each other.
The Provincial SWM Monitoring Team will hold its final deliberation of finalist LGUs on Nov. 23 and 24 at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City. ||