Baguio finds temporary garbage landfill-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Sunday, December 8, 2013
THE City Government of Baguio is looking into the development of a temporary solid waste landfill site while it prepares for a long-term solution to its garbage problem.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan, in his Ugnayang Panlungsod Program on Friday, said the city has found a 22-hectare site for its Integrated Solid Waste Disposal System in one of the city's adjoining municipalities in Benguet province.
The mayor did not disclose the new site to avoid preempting negotiations and permits needed to be secured from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) apart from other requirements needed to be accomplished by the local government.
But Domogan said they have initially appropriated P60 million for the site acquisition and development already included in the proposed 2014 city budget.
The site for the city's Integrated Solid Waste Disposal System, the mayor hoped, will be a solid waste management complex where the city's two Environmental Recycling System machines will be transferred from its existing biodegradable waste processing plant location in the decommissioned Irisan dumpsite.
Domogan said that the engineered sanitary landfill site development will come first before the city transitions, and hopefully, the city develops its own waste to energy facility.
He said the city could also accommodate garbage coming from La Trinidad once the facility is prepared by late 2014 in time for the end of the city's garbage hauling with N4th Enterprises at the Urdaneta City landfill.
He clarified there is still no agreement among neighboring towns, including La Trinidad, but will hopefully bear fruit with continued discussions among town mayors comprising BLISTT (Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay).
But Domogan stressed he respects the decision of other local governments comprising BLISTT on their solid waste programs, especially if their respective solid waste management system is also environmentally sustainable and less expensive.
The mayor is optimistic the new sanitary landfill project will be partially completed and utilized next year to minimize the city's spending for garbage hauling and tipping fees, which could be used to prepare for a waste to energy facility.
An ocular inspection conducted by DENR's Environmental Management Bureau and the National Solid Waste Management Commission was conducted November but the environmental agency said there is still a need for another branch, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, to map out the site to ensure no fault line runs here.
In the proposed 2014 budget of the city, estimates show some P162.5 million will go to solid waste management.
Solid waste management expenses include P100 million for Environment and Sanitary Services of the General Services Office; P26 million for personnel services; P30 million for gasoline and fuel; P4 million for the Environmental Recycling System's Clean Development Mechanism; and P2.59 million for wages of 18 job order employees.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 09, 2013.