Local governance of solid waste management in selected highly urbanized cities in Metro Manila, Philippines for Sustainable Development

EnP Katherine B. Buenaflor *

Department of Environmental Science, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights Campus, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, 1108 Metro Manila, Philippines.
Research Article
World Journal of Advanced Research and Reviews, 2024, 22(03), 1296–1301
Article DOI: 10.30574/wjarr.2024.22.3.1878
Publication history: 
Received on 15 May 2024; revised on 18 June 2024; accepted on 21 June 2024
This mixed-method study examines the relationship between local governance and effective solid waste management (SWM) in three highly urbanized cities (HUCs) within Metro Manila, Philippines. Analyzing data from surveys and interviews with key stakeholders, the research identifies current SWM conditions, governance challenges, and opportunities for improvement. Applying Good Governance Theory principles, the study reveals gaps in planning, budgeting, implementation, and monitoring of SWM programs, alongside concerns about corruption and inequitable service provision. To foster sustainable development through effective SWM, the paper proposes enhanced strategies aligned with legal frameworks and good governance principles. These recommendations emphasize stakeholder participation, enforcement of regulations, transparency, responsiveness, consensus building, equity, effectiveness, accountability, and strategic vision. By adopting these strategies, local government units can improve SWM service delivery, promote resource recovery, and contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment.
Local Governance; Solid Waste Management; Environmental Protection; Highly Urbanized Cities; Good Governance Theory
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