Sanitary landfill project awaits bank’s approval-A A +A
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
ILOILO CITY - The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) Monetary Board is yet to approve the City Government’s loan to fund the various projects covered by the conversion and upgrading of the Calajunan open dumpsite into a sanitary landfill.
The City Government is still waiting for the approval of the P297 million loan it applied to the DBP for the environment-friendly garbage disposal facility inside the 23-hectare Calajunan dumpsite in Mandurriao district.
Engineer Raul Gallo, chief of the office of personal service (OPS), said the loan is expected to be released within this year.
He added that the sanitary landfill conversion will immediately take off once the loan is released.
It was learned that the comprehensive plan for the conversion and upgrading of the Calajunan open dumpsite into a sanitary landfill has long been prepared and is only awaiting implementation.
Meanwhile, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the World Bank (WB) saw the compliance of the City Government to the provisions of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological and
Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 as the basic framework of environmental actions in Iloilo city.
It can be recalled that DENR and WB recently chose Iloilo City to host a P14-million Integrated Persistent Organic Pollutants (IPOPs) management project for three years that will reduce the releases of unintentional persistent organic pollutants in the air, specifically dioxins, and furans caused by burning agricultural wastes and improper solid wastes disposal.
Gallo said the latest WB assisted IPOPs project is a separate one but will also augment the conversion of the Calajunan open dumpsite into a sanitary landfill. The Calajunan project was also aided by WB.