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Villagers protest as stench from landfill spreads

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CEBU CITY (PNA) – A barangay councilman said the stench from a sanitary landfill in an upland community in this city has spread to the adjacent village.

Ramil Ayuman, a councilman of Apas village who helped the villagers in Binaliw petition the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Central Visayas to close the landfill, said on Thursday that residents in Barangay Panoypoy, Consolacion, have been complaining about the stench.

Ayuman said a stream that runs from Binaliw to Panoypoy that used to be a laundry bay for the residents there has been polluted with the landfill’s effluent or liquid waste.

Aside from residents and several barangay officials who signed the petition against the landfill owned and managed by ARN Central Waste Management Inc., folks from neighboring Barangay of Pit-os are also conducting a signature campaign against the firm, Ayuman also said in his Facebook post.

“The Protect Binaliw Movement will not stop in its quest to question the existence of the landfill in the said upland village in this city,” he said.

According to him, he has been protesting against the landfill to protect the interest of hundreds of residents who were his former constituents in Apas and who relocated in Binaliw, when their homes were demolished years ago.
He urged the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through the EMB, to look into the plight of the residents in Binaliw.

The landfill has an existing agreement with the city government to operate a material recovery facility (MRF).
Environmental compliance officers from EMB conducted a technical conference at their office in Mandaue City on Thursday to hear the complaints of Binaliw officials headed by Councilwoman Daisy Ybañez.

William Cuñado, EMB regional director, said in his invitation letter to Ybañez posted in Ayuman’s social media page that the conference aims to reach an agreement between the residents and the landfill operator, he said.

Ayuman said Barangay chief Viviane Ruste did not sign the petition because she is in favor of the landfill operation in the barangay.

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