Environment Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny Antiporda recently expressed grave concern over the “very alarming” state of our Philippine oceans.
Antiporda said, “If every person throws a piece of candy wrapper in the ocean, after just a few months, we would lose our oceans. This is the simplest form of explanation to this growing problem.”
The government official pointed out that the growing problem of marine pollution is one of the main reasons why the Department of Environment and Natural Resources closed all illegally operating open dumpsites across the country and strictly implemented Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
The execution of the dumpsite closures is also in line with the ongoing Manila Bay rehabilitation, which is one of the DENR’s top priority programs in saving the country’s oceans.