La Trinidad mayoralty bets vow better solid waste management

LA TRINIDAD. Former allies La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda and Vice–Mayor Joey Marrero will go head to head against each other as they seek for the town’s top elective post. (Lauren Alimondo)

TWO mayoralty candidates in La Trinidad, Benguet vowed to implement a better solid waste management scheme in the valley.

During a candidates forum aired over the radio, Mayor Romeo Salda and Vice Mayor Joey Marrero presented their platform and tackled concerns in La Trinidad such as traffic woes, Jarco project, Balili River, cityhood, and La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post.

Among the pressing concerns raised is the issue on garbage hauling to Urdaneta City.

"Temporary hauling of garbage in Urdaneta continues with the ongoing expansion of cell three, actually we don't want to haul," Salda said.

Marrero said proper implementation of solid waste management should be made to prolong the life of the engineered sanitary landfill and avoid hauling.

The Alno Engineered Sanitary Landfill (ESL) total land area is 235,600 cubic meters which is divided into four cells. Only Cell 1 and Cell 2 have been utilized.

La Trinidad started hauling its garbage to Urdaneta in 2018 while cell three of the landfill was being expanded.

An additional funding was allocated for the ongoing cell 3 expansion including P9.4 million for the purchase of 10-wheeler and six-wheeler trucks.

An additional 3,800 square meters are being eyed once the landfill expansion is completed.

However due to consecutive rains in 2018, the original target date of completion in January was moved to a later date. (Lauren Alimondo)


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