Residents near dumpsite warned on health risks

CAGAYAN de Oro City Council’s committee on health reminds the residents near the sanitary landfill in Upper Dagong Zayas, Barangay Carmen this city to be cautious on the health risks brought about by the incessant emission of foul odor and methane gas from the dumpsite.

Committee chairperson councilor Dante Pajo said Monday that the office of City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) should make use of a chemical that would eliminate the stink from the dumpsite.

“Dili lang ko kadumdum unsa ngalan atong chemical which was used before para kung dili man mawala ma-lessen ang baho from the emission sa methane gas sa dumpsite,” Pajo said.

Pajo advised the residents to wear surgical masks or leave the house during daytime when heat is severe. The residents especially the children are prone and vulnerable to respiratory and skin diseases.

Clenro chief Edwin Dael said in an earlier interview that the closure and rehabilitation process of the dumpsite would be finished in an indefinite time.

He blames the delay of the project to the city council which disapproved the P76 million budget proposal for the dumpsite’s phase 2 and 3 closure.

Dael said if budget were available, the closure and rehabilitation activities would have been done the soonest.

But finance committee chairman councilor President Elipe said that they could not approve the budget because Clenro failed to submit the program of works and documents covering the requested budget.

Elipe said the dumpsite’s phase 1 was already closed without asking budget and authority from the city council.

“We request them to submit what was phase 1 aha na gikan gi-unsa pagkuha. The problem with this admin is they started out wrongly. They implemented projects

without prior authorization from the city council walay budget walay bidding,” Elipe said.

“Karon naay Ombudsman conscious na sila mangayo authority how cold we give authority to phase 2 when wala ang phase 1,” Elipe added.
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