Cebu City 2nd District Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa wants to regulate the use of treatment technology for municipal and hazardous wastes. He filed House Bill No. 7045 seeking to repeal of Section 20 of Republic Act No. 8749, the “Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999,” and amend certain sections of Republic Act No. 9003, the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000,” to allow the use of incineration technologies for waste treatment and management. The advent of technology, however, has rendered such generalization inapplicable. Many of the incineration equipment available in the market nowadays prove to be less harmful to the atmosphere than coal power plants, an apt comparison gave the proliferation of waste-to-energy (WTE) technology,” he said in his bill’s explanatory note.

“Without alternative methods of waste disposal, all of these will end up in landfills, and soon, we will be running out of areas to use for such purpose,” Abellanosa said. HB 7045, the proposed “Regulation of Waste Treatment Technology Act,” provides that thermal and other treatment technologies for the disposal of municipal and hazardous wastes, or the processing of any material for fuel, whether for commercial use or not, shall be designed and operated to meet the standards established in the proposed Act and its implementing rules and regulations.

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