Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) XIII closed open dumpsites on January 25, 2021 operating in two municipalities in Caraga.

OIC Regional Director, Engr. Albert G. Arcamo led the implementation of the closure order, in coordination with DENR XIII, PENRO-Agusan del Norte, and CENRO-Tubay.

The operation of said disposal facility is in violation under Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. Closing of all open dumps is part of the stringent implementation of the law, as also ordered by Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

Based on the compliance monitoring as of December 2020, data showed a decrease of open dump operations from 23 in 2018 to two.

Meanwhile, EMB Caraga recommended to the concerned LGUs to maximize the operation of their respective Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) and the utilization of temporary Residual Containment Area (RCA) for their residual wastes. ###