Mayor moves to extend DENR deadlines

BAGUIO City Mayor Benjamin Magalong has asked the environment department for more time to fix the garbage problem.

“It is impossible to beat the deadline. We cannot,” said Magalong, adding he has already spoken to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Executive Director Ralph Pablo and head of the Environment and Management Bureau to adjust deadlines given to the city to realistically solve the garbage problem.

Magalong said he has also relayed his request to DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, who was empathetic.

The DENR has set a July 31 deadline for the repair of Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines, as well as the hauling out of 40 tons of wet biodegradable waste from the decommissioned Irisan dumpsite.

The establishment of an eco–park at the former dump was also asked to be completed by the end of the year.

“They are very understanding. They know it is impossible,” Magalong said, adding the City can only assure the repair and operationalization of the ERS machines by the end of the month as assured by the contractor, Rapport Innovations.

Magalong assured the DENR has agreed to lift the deadline and said the City is now set to write the department with the proposed dates it can fulfill to empty the Irisan dump of waste and the development of the eco-park.

He said plans to put into order the garbage problem in the city is being addressed with the development of an eight-hectare lot at the Dairy Farm in Tuba, Benguet.

Magalong acknowledged the work of former Mayor Maurico Domogan for acquiring the space, which will now house a three-hectare waste to energy facility, a four-hectare terminal station and a one Hecate multi-use space.

He said a Japanese biomass project is also up for the city via a grant.


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