Guv suggests landfills

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014


CLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- Governor Lilia Pineda recommended the establishment of sanitary landfills in all Central Luzon provinces to address the growing problems on solid waste management.

Pineda elevated her suggestion to the Regional Development Council III during its Full Council Conference at Widus Hotel in this Freeport on Wednesday.

"We need local and foreign investors in the region to spur growth and development, however, the government would hesitate to invite investors if the local government unit is faced with this alarming garbage problem," she told officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Interior and Local Government, and Housing and Urban Development Council (HUDCC), which are the lead agencies in the protection of the environment, good governance, and housing assistance.

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She added that in Pampanga, the problem of waste is still prevalent and has not yet been solved during her first term as governor, despite efforts to help city and municipal government units to address the challenge on solid waste management.

It can be noted that Metro Clark Sanitary Landfill in Kalagitan, Capas, Tarlac is the only one in the region serving seven provinces.

The problem on waste disposal has been aggravated by the existence of informal settlers along the riverbanks and tributaries that cause tons of garbage blocking waterways.

Pineda said the office of Vice President Jejomar Binay, concurrent chair of HUDCC, could help in addressing the problem of informal settlers who are living along riverbanks.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 27, 2014.

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