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‘Close the landfill’

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III

A position paper submitted by Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. to the Sangguniang Panlungsod last week called for the closing of the sanitary landfill in Brgy. Felisa.

Gamboa said the sanitary landfill has become an open dumpsite with hazardous wastes dumped there, adding that leaches from the area reach as far as the neighboring areas of Bago City and Murcia town.

The Bacolod City government should look for an alternative area where it can be transferred, Gamboa said.

The new site should abide by the requirements pursuant to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, or Republic Act 9003, he added.

He said that since its inception in 2004, the landfill in Purok Acacia has been plagued with questions and violations of RA 9003.

In 2006, the city government was a recipient of a P14-million grant from a Spanish multi-national engineering and architectural consulting firm Ingeniería y Dirección de Obras y Montaje (IDOM) and an “Australian Youth Ambassador for Development” Solid Waste Management study – that indicated that an area in Barangay Cabug is the most ideal site for the establishment of a sanitary landfill instead, he said.

But up until today, Gamboa said Purok Acacia continues to be the dumping area for the 400 tons of non-segregated mixed solid wastes generated daily in Bacolod.

He said there is no drainage and runoff control system, causing storm water to flow from the landfill down to nearby water sources, while there is also an absence of aerobic and anaerobic decomposition to control odor.

The landfill has no security and littering fences, too, to prevent illegal entries, trespassing, animal entry and daily picking of litters.

A team from the Environmental Management Bureau recently inspected the landfill on complaints of residents from barangays Blumentritt in Murcia and Dulao in Bago.*

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