By Philippines News Agency
Dumaguete City– Racing against time with a local open dumpsite already “overflowing” with trash, the Dumaguete City government is now considering establishing a sanitary landfill for its exclusive use.
The national government has already outlawed open dumpsites with local government units (LGUs) across the country, including that of this city, receiving closure notices from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo announced during a meeting with barangay captains that the city government is considering a five-hectare lot in the city’s outskirts that could be ideal for the sanitary landfill, according to City Information Officer Dems Rey Demecillo.
Demecillo said the city’s plan to establish its own sanitary landfill came as LGUs that had potential sites have yet to act on the proposal for a clustered facility to be shared with other nearby municipalities comprising Metro Dumaguete.
A Technical Working Group (TWG) had earlier visited possible sites for a clustered sanitary landfill in the municipalities of Valencia, Sibulan and Dauin, in response to public clamor against the city’s growing problem of solid waste disposal.
However, Demecillo said that the proposed clustered facility met some snags, such as problems with community acceptance, prompting the Dumaguete mayor to consider building an “exclusive” sanitary landfill only for use of the city residents.
Demecillo said this is due to limited space which cannot accommodate trash from other towns, considering that a clustered sanitary landfill requires ten hectares contiguous while one that caters only to the needs of the city requires five hectares.
This is a “best effort” of the mayor even though he is still open to other localities in Metro Dumaguete, Demecillo said.
The city has already found a potential site in the outskirts barangays of Camanjac and Candauay but this is subject to the approval of the DENR, the city information officer said.
In the meantime, the city government, through its Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) is working double time to address the problem of garbage collection and disposal.
The city had recently acquired new garbage compactor trucks but the volume of trash at the open dumpsite in Candauay has alarmed residents, especially with piles of refuse spilling onto the road photographed and posted on social media.