The Department of Environment and Natural Resources through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) has rolled out its enhanced online monitoring system to track compliance of local government units (LGUs) to the country’s solid waste management law.
EMB director William Cuñado said the agency is tapping 307 environmental monitoring and enforcement officers (ENMOs) to use the new system of reporting which is expected to be simpler and faster than the previous method.
“This pandemic allowed us to focus our efforts in upgrading our online systems to continuously serve our clients and perform our mandated tasks despite the lockdowns,” Cuñado said.
He said unlike the previous system where monitoring reports reach EMB offices days after the incident, the new online system provides real-time reporting, allowing for quick response by concerned LGUs.
The DENR said since 2017, ENMOs have been deployed nationwide to provide assistance to LGUs, particularly barangays, in establishing an effective solid waste management program and strengthen the enforcement of other environmental laws and regulations.
The Solid Waste Enforcement and Education Program supports DENR’s strategy to develop systems and mechanisms for improved monitoring and enforcement of environmental laws through strengthened partnership with LGUs and other stakeholders.