P37-M rehab, closure of city dumpsite starts

The P37-million revamp of the dumpsite in Brgy. Dampas, Tagbilaran City recently commenced as part of the rehabilitation and closure plan of the facility, a city official said.

According to Lito Taladua, chief of the Tagbilaran City Solid Waste Management Office, four buildings will be constructed within the site’s periphery as the city moves to close or cover the open dumpsite.

The buildings will include admiration and bio-composting buildings, and areas for residual containment and special waste from city residents.

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Taladua said that they will first construct the final sorting building that will hold residual waste which will be transported to the Albur Cluster Sanitary Landfill once the latter’s operations start.

He also noted that the P37-million allotment will also be used to repair the road leading to the facility and operations involving the covering of garbage with soil.

While the dumpsite remains uncovered, the official made an assurance that they will adhere to directives from the Environmental Management Bureau regarding the closure plan for open dumpsites.

Starting 2016, the government through the Ecological Solid Waste Management Program ordered the closing of open dumpsites and for local government units (LGU) to move the disposal of garbage to sanitary landfills.

Charges may be filed before the Ombudsan against LGUs for violating said law. (Allen Doydora)

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