IN A BID to temporarily solve the garbage woes in the valley, La Trinidad on February 1 inaugurated the Cell 3 of the Alno sanitary landfill.
La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda said the opening of the residual waste dump site will save the municipality almost P2 million monthly expenses to transport garbage to Tarlac.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) OIC Regional Director Reynaldo Digamo meanwhile lauded the town for its effort to open the dumpsite.
“I would like to appreciate the serious and aggressive effort of the municipality in pursuing the construction of the Cell 3 of Sanitary Landfill. For several years, La Trinidad has been losing because of the cost of transporting garbage to Tarlac,” Digamo said.
Digamo added if the municipality can afford to spend that much in a year, why not use the allotment to construct the landfill instead.
But, since the facility is now initially functional, he appealed to resident and visitors strictly follow the waste segregation to extend the life of the facility as only residual waste will be thrown to the landfill.
In addition, Digamo said he is happy that only La Trinidad has shown effort in addressing their garbage woes in the region.
Association of Barangay Councils president Teddy Quintos reiterated the pledge of commitment of the barangays s in the implementation of RA 9003.
“Barangay will be responsible for the collection, segregating, recycling of biodegradables, recyclable and compostable and reusable waste,” Quintos said.
Quintos added residual wastes will only be brought to the sanitary landfill and their task as the chairman and officers of the barangay is to campaign strict segregation at source (households) to prolong the span of the landfill.
Councilor Nestor Fongwan Jr. in his talk appealed to the public in doing their part to reduce garbage to maximize the use of the land fill.
Municipal Environment and Natural Resources (MENR) Officer Art Pedro in an interview Cell 3 will last for only 13 months based on life span estimated by the engineering department, but, if residents learn to sort their trash, the life span could be longer.