PUBLIC officials and residents of La Trinidad have filed a civil case for abatement of nuisance with a prayer for Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) against chicken dung traders in the municipality.
The civil and environmental suit for the abatement of the chicken dung or manure storage and trading business was filed against Melecio Orid, Sengilyn Loy, Rose Maliones, Beatriz Timog, Alden Talsan, Irish Bogsit, John Does, Peter Does, Jane Does and Jenny Does who are landowners and traders engaged in storage of chicken dung in Shilan, La Trinidad and within the disputed area by La Trinidad and Tublay.
The civil case received by the Regional Trial Court on November 8 was filed by Mayor Romeo Salda, Qyrrie Way-yas, Qylene Way-as, Willer Ciano, Soledad Baquedqued, Joel Kimpaoy, Grosso Velasco, Brilyn Antero, Prudencio Basquial, Maria Luisa Baban, Beatriz Cotdi, Beverly Way-yas, Rufina Tampoa, all residents of La Trinidad.
The complainants filed for TEPO and requested the immediate closure of the chicken dung trading of the defendants, which they said has caused inconvenience to the people of Shilan.
Three closure orders were earlier released by Salda with the recent closure order implemented on October 9 against Maliones. Close to 50 men and women implemented the closure order installing 13 wooden and metal posts and barb wire within the trading area to stop the chicken dung trading operations.
Maliones however defied the closure order when the fence used to prevent her business was removed.
Chicken dung has been utilized by farmers as fertilizer but the stench coming from the stalls selling manure has become unbearable, prompting affected residents to seek help from former mayor Edna Tabanda.
In 2010, an Administrative Order issued by former mayor Gregorio Abalos Jr. prohibited the sale, storage and disposal of chicken dung in the municipality.
The residents of Shilan clamored for the transfer of the chicken dung business of Orid, but Salda cannot order the closure of the business as it is located in the disputed area of Tublay.
Salda forwarded a letter to Tublay Mayor Armando Lauro on January 23, 2018 but the latter had no formal response.
“As the Tublay LGU refused to act on the residents of Shilan request to abate this storage of chicken dung business and the DENR refused to act on the Endorsement of then Kagawad Maslag to abate this nuisance, the plaintiffs have no other recourse but to file the present case to stop this environmental hazard,” the complainants stated.