Garbage poses threat to residents' health

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Sunday, February 16, 2014


ANGELES CITY, Pampanga - The huge pile of garbage at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Barangay Pampanga may pose a threat to the safety of residents, said a local official.

Councilor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. said that hazardous substances coming from the garbage may seep into the soil and may pollute the ground water. The MRF is located near a public market and residential areas.

"The MRF is surrounded by residential areas at meron pa rin tayong mga kababayan na gumagamit ng poso para sa pagkuha ng kanilang tubig na ginagamit sa bahay," Lazatin said.

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Lazatin also said the situation of the MRF may be in violation of Republic Act 9275 (Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004), which prohibits discharging, injecting or allowing to seep into the soil or sub-soil any substance in any form that would pollute groundwater.

The councilor said he already sent a request to the Regional Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to look into the situation of the MRF in Angeles City and assist the City Government in addressing the problem.

Lazatin also urged the City Environment and Natural Resources Office to come up with a Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan to address the city’s garbage dilemma.

A joint committee hearing by the committee on public utilities and transportation and the committee on environment and natural resources was held last February 12, where the City Council discussed the proposed ordinance for a water quality and septage management system in the city.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 17, 2014.

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