Petitions to close Inayawan landfill filed

BARANGAY Inayawan in Cebu City is calling for a public hearing next week, as it received several petitions to close again the sanitary landfill, which was opened in June this year.

The 15.4-hectare Inayawan landfill was closed in January 2015 upon orders of former mayor Michael Rama, but it was reopened last June, so the City can save funds.

The City, according to present administration, was spending an average of P20 million per month to dump its trash in a private sanitary landfill in Consolacion, a town north of Cebu.

But village captain Lotlot Ignacio lamented that the City Hall did not inform the barangay that they will reopen it.

She said the barangay has received several petitions calling for the landfill's closure, thus they will invite for the public hearing next week representatives from the City’s Department of Public Services, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Health, neighboring barangays and business establishments.

Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, for his part, asked the office of Mayor Tomas Osmena to reconsider the reopening of landfill due to the many complaints.

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He urged the executive department to look for other places to dispose of the City's trash. (Sunnex/With PDF)

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