A FORMER isolation center in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City will be converted into an incineration facility where the clinical waste from the city’s 27 barangay health centers and government hospitals will be processed for disinfection prior to its disposal to the landfill area.

During SunStar Cebu’s ‘Kumusta Kap’ program, Barangay Subangdaku and Mandaue City Association of Barangay Councils president Ernie Manatad said the facility is set to be put up before the end of the year as they have not encountered any objection from their constituents.

Manatad said once the facility is set up, the city’s garbage trucks will collect the waste and bring it to the incineration facility for burning.

The waste in private hospitals in the city, however, will not be included as this will be collected by a private hauler.

“Actually, this is for the special waste being generated by barangay health centers. It will serve as final disinfection stage before delivering it to the final disposal area,” Manatad said in Cebuano.

Manatad explained that the waste collected will undergo disinfection twice in the barangays before bringing it to the facility.

Manatad said the project is in compliance with Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

“It is our responsibility to take care of our waste, since this poses a danger to human health. Maintaining the well-being of the people must also be given importance,” he added.

Manatad said that even though the barangay will not generate income from the project, this will be beneficial to the city.

Damaged

Aside from the incineration project, Manatad said he will also be working on the damaged street lights along North Reclamation Area, which he believed was caused by power line disconnection.

He said he learned that the problem had already been fixed but there are other street lights that are not working and he wanted it checked to prevent future road accidents. (BBT / TPT)