Clarify project in upland barangay

CEBU City Councilor Joel Garganera wants the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) 7 and the Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office to be transparent in their monitoring of a Barangay Binaliw project.

Garganera said he passed by the project area last week and saw a sign at the entrance saying it was the Cebu Integrated Waste Management Complex with a material recovery facility (MRF) and waste-to-energy (WTE) facility.

“If I remember it right, what they applied for at first was for an MRF and then landfill, but what was approved by the Council was for a 1.9-hectare MRF. What we need here is transparency. Is it a landfill or a WTE?” he said.

The City Council approved earlier the special land use application of ARN Builders for the proposed Central Materials Facility and Sanitary Landfill in Sitio Kainsikan in the mountain village of Binaliw.

Garganera said EMB 7 Director William Cuñado should clarify to the Council the status of the Binaliw landfill.

Cuñado has yet to comment.

Also, Garganera said that during the executive session the Council called to discuss the application of ARN Builders, they were assured that no minerals will be extracted from the area.

However, the councilor said that hauling of minerals is being done inside the Binaliw landfill property.

“It turned out that hundreds of trucks have been going out and have been unloading (minerals) in Barangay Pulangbato,” he said.

Councilor Pastor Alcover Jr. also warned the developer that upland residents near Barangay Binaliw might initiate a mass action to oppose the project. “There was no clear consultation with the residents,” he said.


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