City seeks better coordination with denr, doh in health care waste management efforts

BAGUIO CITY – The city government wants better coordination with the Depts. of Environment and Natural Resources and Health in health care waste management efforts.

City officials requested the regional offices of the two departments to regularly provide the City of Baguio with records of permitted waste transporters and waste treaters, waste transport records and other reports required of health care waste generators and permitted transport, storage and disposal (TSD) facility operators in the city.

In a Resolution authored by Coun. Peter Fianza and approved by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, the city council said the city can effectively help implement health care waste regulations and guidelines especially on private TSD facility operators within its jurisdiction and also on hospitals and other health care waste generators whose general wastes or wastes generated from the maintenance of their premises are dealt with in accordance with the local waste disposal system.

In the measure, the body noted that the Joint DENR-DOH Order No. 2 series of 2005, albeit meant to harmonize efforts of the DENR and DOH on proper health care waste management in accordance with environment laws and regulations including Republic Act No. 6969, did not provide "cooperative linkages or coordination with local government units who significantly are easily seen to be blamed for any violation or non-observance of health care waste law, regulations and guidelines."

Such need for coordination however is addressed in the section 211 of Ordinance No. 18-2016 or the Environment Code of the City which states that: "The city in coordination with the DENR and DOH shall monitor strict compliance of the hazardous and toxic waste generators in their storage and disposal of wastes in accordance with Republic Act No. 6969 and the Joint DENR-DOH Administrative Order No. 2 Series of 2005."

"Like any other local government unit, the city can be able to effectively help and further find implementation of the other mandated actions under its environment code if it will be provided with reports required of health care waste generators and permitted TSD facility operators such as the waste transport record, the registry of waste transporters, and waste treaters as directed under Republic Act No. 6969 and its implementing rules and regulations," the resolution noted. – Aileen P. Refuerzo

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