Village officials order closure of Porac ‘dump site’

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Saturday, February 15, 2014


PORAC -- A junk shop operating as a garbage "dump site" in Barangay Manibaug here was ordered closed by village officials after residents complained of foul odor coming from the said facility.

Barangay chairman Adrian Carreon said that the Lumanlan Junk Shop, which is located in a residential area, reportedly violated environmental laws, since it was operating as an open dumpsite.

Carreon said that his constituents have been complaining of the "foul odor," saying that nearby residents said that they experienced dizziness and even stomach ache, allegedly caused by foul odor from the garbage.

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He said that this prompted him to seek the help of Board Member Mike Tapang, the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (Menro), Porac Police and Mayor Carling dela Cruz.

"Dahil nag violate ang Junk Shop na ito sa kanyang operation na ginawang dump site ay pinakiusapan naming ang operator na isasara na naming ito at ang gabundok na basura dito ay ililipat namin sa Material Recovery Facility ng Bayan ng Porac," Carreon said.

Menro officer Joselyn Buan said that since last year they already made an ocular inspection on the Junk Shop, saying that they only found minimal garbage, most of which a recyclable materials.

Buan said that upon investigation it turned out the garbage being brought to the said place came from a fast food store located in nearby Angeles City.

"Na surprise ako ng Makita ang daming nakatambak na basura ditto dati mga plastic lang e ngayon parang nagmistulan dump site na siya," Buan said.

Luisito Pineda, operator of Lumanlan Junk Shop, said that the reason why the garbage had accumulated was because two of their dump trucks are not operational.

Pineda said the junk shop serves as a collection area where they sort out the "usable" garbage that can be recycled, adding that it also provides jobs to some residents in the area.

Pineda said that he is willing to bring the garbage to the MRF as ordered by local officials.

For his part, Tapang said that Carreon sought his help and they immediately proceeded to the said junk shop.

Tapang said the open dumpsite is in violation of Republic Act 9003, saying that the said junk shop should not be collecting huge volumes of garbage since it is not a MRF.

The Board Member who is also a resident of the said community said that he offered to help the Barangay Officials to transfer the tons of garbage to the Porac MRF.

"Siyempre ang barangay Chairman ang may kapanyarihan para isara ang nasabing Junk Shop, sa part natin nag offer tayo na alisin ang basura dito at ilipat naming sa MRF dahil narin sa reklamo ng mga residente dito (Manibaug)," Tapang said.

Tapang warned the operator of the Junk Shop to cooperate with local officials and assure that there will be no more dumping of garbage in the said area, or face charges for violating environmental laws.

"Hindi naming pinagbabawalan ang mga nagnenegosyo rito ang pinagbabawal naming ay ang nakakaperwisyo sa mga tao, katulad ng 'open dumpsite' na ito na nakakapinsala sa kalusugan ng atin mga ka-barangay dito," he said.

Tapang whose family owns a trucking business provided five dump trucks to haul the garbage from Manibaug to the Porac MRF.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 16, 2014.

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