Budget may delay proposed landfill

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Fourth District Board Member Nestor Tolentino on Tuesday said the lack of funds may hamper the creation of a sanitary landfill for Pampanga.

Tolentino, chair of the Provincial Board's committee on environment and natural resources, late last month initiated the first of a series of public consultations regarding the proposed landfill, which will be established either in Floridablanca or Porac town.

Governor Lilia Pineda earlier proposed to the Regional Development Council the creation of sanitary landfills for each of the seven Central Luzon provinces to help solve the growing garbage problem in the region and improve solid waste management.

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"The proposed sanitary landfill is very possible and highly feasible. But during the initial consultation we conducted, the problem of creating a sanitary landfill will run to hundreds of millions, probably to almost a billion pesos. We will have to source out the necessary funding to realize," he said.

Tolentino stressed that establishing a sanitary landfill according to standards--like MetroClark or the Kalangitan landfill in Tarlac--will also take time.

"Establishing a sanitary landfill like Kalangitan may take one and a half years or possibly even more as we must stick to national environment standards. Even then, we are optimistic and keeping our fingers crossed that we can find the required budget and viable options as we are deeply studying the proposal now and get more inputs from stakeholders in the coming consultations," he added.

In the meantime, said Tolentino, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) chief Lormelyn Claudio has recommended to Capitol the continued implementation of its solid waste management schemes.

"The EMB has suggested that for the meantime, we go on ahead with our programs on segregation, enhancement of materials recovery facilities, creation of more transfer stations and boost our Holcimables program as they prove effective in helping solve our garbage problems. Rest assured, we are looking at every possible means to improve our solid waste management in Pampanga," said Tolentino. (With JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 11, 2014.

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