BLISTT mayors told: Search for another sanitary landfill

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012


BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan called on mayors of adjoining towns to coordinate in the continued search for an engineered sanitary landfill (ESL).

The call came after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) informed proponents of the ESL in Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet that it cannot develop the area as it falls within the Lower Agno River reservation.

Mayor Domogan told reporters Monday that he will talk to the LISTT (La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay) mayors on possible alternative sites for ESL.

He will also confer with the DENR on its contention with the development of an ESL in sitio Tapak, Barangay Ampucao.

Domogan said the old concept of an ESL has long been discouraged by the DENR because of lack of space to build an ESL while similar projects are often opposed by land owners in adjoining lots.

The city mayor, who arrived from a 10-day South Korea trip, reported he visited an ESL in Seoul that will be very hard to replicate in the country considering Baguio’s land area and annual budget.

He said the South Korean ESL has the luxury of space with 20 square kilometers reserved for their landfill, or at least one-third of the total land area of Baguio City.

The ESL he visited uses a mixed solid waste disposal system of waste to energy facility and ESL used on a phase by phase process, all complete with waste processing equipment.

He said the first phase of the Seoul ESL is now completely converted into 36 golf courses, which are now being used for tourism and other income-generating purposes of the government.

But Domogan said Baguio is three to four years behind South Korea when it comes to solid waste management technology with mechanized sorting areas, leachate processing and water purification facility, which are more environment friendly than the ones being used in the country.

He urged LISTT mayors to help Baguio in the search for an ESL, as well as in directing development outside of the city, which is now congested.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 26, 2012.

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