Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Hey, Mr. President Aquino, where's the list of Non Environmentally Acceptable Products?

Chapte 4, Article 4, Section 29 of the Solid Waste Management Act orders:

Section 29. Non-Environmentally Acceptable Products - Within one (1) year from the effectivity of this Act, the Commission shall, after public notice and hearing, prepare a list of nonenvironmentally acceptable products as defined in this Act that shall be prohibited according to a schedule that shall be prepared by the Commission: Provided, however, That non-environmentally acceptable products shall not be prohibited unless the Commission first finds that there are alternatives available which are available to consumers at no more than ten percent (10%) greater cost than the disposable product.

The Commission cited refers to the National Solid Waste Management Commission:

Chapter 2, Section 4. National Solid Waste Management Commission - There is hereby established a National Solid Waste Management Commission, hereinafter referred to as the Commission, under the Office of the President. The Commissioner shall be composed of fourteen (14) members from the government sector and three members from the private sector. The government sector shall be represented by the heads of the following agencies in their ex officio capacity:

(1) Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR);
(2) Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG);
(3) Department of Science and Technology (DOST);
(4) Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH);
(5) Department of Health (DOH);
(6) Department of Trade and Industry (DTI);
(7) Department of Agriculture (DA);
(8) Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA);
(9) League of provincial governors;
(10) League of city mayors;
(11) League of municipal mayors;
(12) Association of barangay councils;
(13) Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); and
(14) Philippine Information Agency.

The private sector shall be represented by the following:

(a) A representative from nongovernment organizations (NGOs) whose principal purpose is to promote recycling and the protection of air and water quality;
(b) A representative from the recycling industry; and
(c) A representative from the manufacturing or packaging industry;

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