Proper waste disposal to be taught in elementary schools

ELEMENTARY students will soon be taught on proper disposal of waste and garbage in a bid to remind their elders not to throw trash anywhere they want.

Rep. Roger Mercado (Lone District, Southern Leyte), Chairman of House Committee on Transportation and author of House Bill 6510, said the bill will teach elementary  students in both public and private schools the basic knowledge in proper waste disposal.

“The proper waste disposal can easily become a good habit and by the time the young ones mature, the habit can easily set in,” said Mercado.

Mercado said It is common knowledge that improper waste disposal wreaks havoc on health and environment. “The public is still reluctant or unable to practice proper waste disposal, perhaps it is because people have gotten used to their old ways and habits,” Mercado said.

The bill mandates public and private schools to include in their curriculum a subject on proper waste disposal.

The subject shall include lessons that will bring consciousness to students on existing laws relative to waste disposal such as Presidential Decree 856 or the Code on Sanitation of the Philippines, the Republic Act 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 and other related laws, ordinance, rules and regulations.

The bill mandates the Department of Education (DepEd) to issue the implementing rules and regulations and include in its annual budget the amount needed to implement the provisions of the proposed act.


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