Waste facility eyed in Apugan

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


THE City Government of Baguio is determined to establish an integrated solid waste management system (ISWMS) in Apugan, Sto. Tomas.

Aiming to get the support of the community in Apugan, officials, along with the technical working group for the ISWMS, are set to conduct a perimeter survey and consultation with residents in the area today, August 20.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan said after the executive legislative meeting Monday the public consultation also intends to see if there are possible claimants in the area.

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While Domogan maintained the area is an alienable and disposable land of the city government, which was donated by the family of former city mayor Virginia de Guia, the mayor wants to make sure there will be no problems in terms of land claims before the ISWMS is established.

"Tignan muna natin kung may claimant at tignan natin kung ano ang dokumento na pinagbabasehan ng kanilang claim," he said.

"Kung talagang legal na dokumento yan, we will of course address it."
In addition, the public consultation seeks to inform the Apugan folk about the ISWMS plan of the city so they may be aware of the benefits to them.

The construction of a road system going to the site will be among the benefits the community will get from the construction of the solid waste disposal system.

"Hindi natin gustong lokohin ang kahit na sino," he said, stressing the city government would like to ensure a win-win situation between them and the residents.

Domogan shared he was informed by barangay officials of Apugan there were allegedly leftists who went convincing the residents to oppose the ISWMS plan.

The mayor also highlighted the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the National Solid Waste Management Commission are with the technical group during the first consultation.

Domogan noted the city government will continue to coordinate with them to assure all necessary processes are undertaken.

Application for necessary requirements will be complied with, he said.
Remedial measures will also be implemented to prevent environmental destruction in the area and harmful threats to residents.

Domogan hopes the continuous dialogue with residents of Apugan will help the city government earn their support for the ISWMS.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 20, 2014.

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