February 26, 2006
THE ILOCOS TIMES - NEWS

As February 16 deadline expires
DENR OKs continued use of LC landfill
Says ‘progressive process’ enough

With the requirements for the Laoag City dumpsite to become a sanitary landfill still incomplete, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environment Management Bureau (DENR-EMB)-regional office has approved its continued operation as it said the “progressive process” being done on the facility was enough.

The “progressive process” mentioned by the environment office meant the continuous construction of the required infrastructure at the landfill.

City assistant engineer Fred Agpaoa made this announcement after DENR-EMB personnel visited the facility early this month and approved the continued operation of the facility following the city government’s fulfillment of the minimum requirement prescribed by the environment officials.

The minimum requirements were the construction of a leachate pond and the installation of perforated pipes.

Agpaoa said the city government’s next target is the construction of a retaining wall and a drainage system as he said he is hopeful the approved initial budget of P6.7 million would suffice for the needed infrastructure’s completion.

Presently, the sanitary landfill is 65 percent complete based on DENR’s specifications.

Agpaoa also mentioned that with the improvement at the garbage facility and the strict implementation of proper garbage disposal, the DENR no longer considers it as an open dumpsite.

However, Agpaoa again appealed for the stricter implementation of the garbage segregation policy from the source so garbage collectors would not have a harder time segregating garbage at the landfill.

With this development, Agpaoa discouraged garbage scavengers from going to the landfill since collected garbage are immediately being treated at the facility—or are being immediately covered with soil right after they are dumped—and scavengers would no longer have time to forage for recyclable items.

He then advised scavengers to go to the sources of garbage instead.

The city government official also added that with this situation, the materials recovery facility (MRF) at the landfill may also be removed and placed elsewhere since it may no longer be used.

Reacting to this, Mayor Michael V. Fariñas expressed his gratitude to the DENR for considering the “progressive process” being done by the city government as basis for approving the continued operation of the garbage facility.

However, Fariñas expressed doubts if the appropriated budget of P6.7 million would be enough for the completion of the landfill as he added that the sanitary landfill in San Fernando City, La Union cost P160 million.

Earlier, Fariñas had asked for financial support from US Aid but there had been no development yet on his request as of press time.

Dominic B. dela Cruz

Other News...
... Taiwan eyes IN as production site
... DENR: No ‘landslide risk areas’ in IN
... SP lauds new NYC chair
... LC unreleased IRA share monetization proposed
... LC bets shine in nat’l schools presscon
... ERC denies INEC appeal
... DENR OKs continued use of LC landfill
... LC set to become independent component city
... Lt.Teofilo Yldefonso’s monument unveiled
... Adams mayor scores slow resolution of boundary dispute
... LMP assured of IRA monetization
... MVF: 2006 Pamulinawen Festival, successful
... Mining boosts revenues, cargo traffic in Currimao port
... Dumalneg mayor figures in LIA fracas
... LC reps top 3rd nat’l science fair
... Angara backs agro-tourism in IN’s rural areas
... LCIC grants full scholarships
... Brgys 14, Zamboanga top clean-and-green search
... Paoay girds for 2006 Guling-guling festival
... Oplan Sagip Puno launched
... Imee appeals to PAL
... BBM stresses importance of science fairs
... LC expects add’l IRA share for this year
... LC urges INEC for full tax payment this year
... Laoag showcases its famous empanada
... LC PNP is best station for 2005

... TOP NEWS

| Back To Top |

Copyright 2006 Ilocos Times. All rights reserved.