The Environmental Management Bureau DENR-CAR in collaboration with its Mountain Province Provincial Environmental Management Unit, Mountain Province Environmental and Natural Resources Office, and the Local Government Unit of Bauko conducted a lecture on environmental laws, Gender and Development (GAD) cum technology transfer on waste diversion held at Domog Village Inn, Bauko, Mountain Province on August 2-5, 2022. The participants were composed of Youth, Barangay Officials, Women’s Organization, People’s Organization, and Senior Citizens.

Mr. Carlos Lartec, the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer of LGU Bauko warmly welcomed the participants. He also discussed the status of LGU Bauko’s solid waste management.

“Currently, the LGU is doing its best to properly and efficiently manage the municipality’s solid waste in accordance with the law”, Lartec said.

Further, GAD purpose, related laws and mandates were discussed in correlation to the important roles of women and men in protecting the environment. Gender inequality, accordingly, creates barriers to effective sustainable development and livelihoods by limiting or restricting women’s access to resources and decision-making opportunities. Thus, addressing gender gaps in natural resources management is essential to achieve conservation goals and protection of the environment. Among the topics discussed thoroughly were RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, Republic Act 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004, and RA 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999. It was then emphasized that a collective effort between individuals in the community and the government was needed to achieve sustainability, equitable governance of natural resources and protection of the environment.