Dump site near river closed-A A +A
Thursday, September 19, 2013
BONTOC, Mountain Province – In compliance with environmental laws Mayor Franklin Odsey said dumping in the Chico River has ceased in the town.
Odsey said the dump has been closed since August 22 and the municipality has set up a fence to prevent further dumping into the river.
Last year the, Kalinga Anti-pollution Action Group (Kapag) filed a Writ of Kalikasan against the town for dumping of garbage along the Chico River in violation of the constitutional right of people living downstream for balanced and healthful ecology.
Odsey said the dumping has stopped and assured the municipality is finding ways to put into place their garbage. “We are definitely doing something and we are complying with what the Writ has ordered,” the mayor stressed.
Temporarily, the old slaughter house of the town is being used as a storage unit for recyclable waste only; a material recovery facility has also been set up in the Lingsad area to accommodate garbage.
Segregation has also been strictly implemented by the town.
Last year, findings of the Chico River Task Force (CRTF) showed Bontoc has yet to purchase a lot for the establishment of a sanitary landfill and residents still do not fully practice segregation at source.
Odesy said there is a roughly about a ton of waste generated by the entire town in a day but with segregation practices put into place recently, the volume of garbage will decrease.
The municipality is now eyeing a technology from Imus, Cavite which makes use of plastics and glass to be converted to bricks, further decreasing and putting into good use discarded items from the municipality.
The local green police has also been activated to monitor how the community has been complying with segregation practices.
Plans to set up a sanitary landfill at Sito Faliling have been abandoned due to a lack of infrastructure facilities going to the previously proposed area.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 20, 2013.