Waste disposal is a massive problem across Southeast Asia. In the Philippines, the central government legislated the R.A. 9003, also known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, that authorizes local government units (LGUs) to take charge of the management of solid waste management programs in their respective area of responsibility – particularly requiring them to rely more on reuse and recycling. However, the practical aspects of implementing these changes and the costs local governments will have to bear have not been given much attention. This study has looked k into the current state of the country’s waste management program. It found a large shortfall between the amount of money needed for waste management and the amount of revenue that is obtained from providing waste management services. As a result, many local government authorities are unable to finance adequate solid waste management programs.
Searching for a Solution to Solid Waste in the Philippines