THE Department of Environmental and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau-Cordillera (DENR-EMB-CAR) underscored it will keep an eye on the temporary waste transfer station of Baguio City located along Marcos Highway in Barangay Dontogan.

“Our office has been and will be closely monitoring the operation of the transfer station to avert any negative environmental effects of the operation,” said EMB-CAR regional director Reynaldo Digamo.

DENR-EMB-CAR in a penned letter received by the Provincial Board of Benguet on April 2 said the local government of Baguio City may coordinate with the local government of Tuba to resolve issues and concerns that may arise on the operations of the transfer station.

Digamo said Baguio City is not prevented from conducting a public consultation if it is demanded by some sectors.

“It is for this reason that all the letters and resolution we receive relative to the transfer station were referred to the city government,” Digamo added.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol approved on February 28 the request of City Mayor Mauricio Domogan for the temporary use of approximately 5,000 square meters of Baguio Stock Farm within the boundary of Tuba, Benguet and Baguio City to be utilized as a temporary transfer station for the Summer Capital’s waste.

At present, Baguio hauls its waste from the transfer station to Urdaneta, Pangasinan.

DA-Cordillera regional director Narciso Edillo said the use of Baguio City’s waste transfer facility will last only for a year.

“I made it clear the utilization of the area is only temporary for one year,” stressed Edillo.

As an integral requirement prior to the issuance of the certificate of non-coverage released by the DENR office, Baguio has submitted a design and operation plan for the transfer station.

The design and plan conforms with the implementing rules and regulations of the Ecological Waste Management Act.