Environment Secretary Jim Sampulna on Monday vowed the completion of an engineered sanitary landfill in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur by end of June.
The construction of a sanitary landfill in barangays Malimuno and Kasanayan in Kapai town would help “protect the health of the Maranao children and guard against groundwater contamination,” he said.
“The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is moving forward toward the completion of an engineered sanitary landfill under its solid waste management program as prescribed in Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2001,” he noted.
The land used as an open dum in Barangay Papandayan would be rehabilitated and converted into good use, the DENR cited.
Through RA 116961 or the Marawi Siege Victims Compensation Act of 2022, DENR determined the most affected areas through social cartography or mapping as the lead agency in the Land Resource Management Sub-Committee of Task Force Bangon Marawi.
The law serves as “one of the information sources for updating post-conflict needs assessment,” Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs Michelle Angelica Go said.
Under the program Katagombalay, DENR was able to validate 3,914 property claims, allowing owners to undertake reconstruction. Rio N. Araja
“The goal and strategy to achieve the outputs of the DENR’s role in Marawi rehabilitation is environmental peacebuilding, which is accompanied by achieving sustainable development goals,” Go said.