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Felisa landfill hearing slated

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Bacolod Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez has scheduled a virtual public hearing at 1 p.m. today to discuss the resolution of Barangay Felisa, Bacolod City regarding the operation of IPM-Construction Development Corporation (IPM-CDC) at the sanitary landfill in the same barangay.

The Barangay Council of Felisa had approved a resolution requesting Mayor Evelio Leonardia not to extend the contract of the City of Bacolod with IPM-CDC for the management and hauling of waste at the sanitary landfill which ends on December 31.

Lopez, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Environment and Ecology, said he has scheduled a public hearing to listen to all the stakeholders and find a solution to resolve the problem.

He has invited Felisa Barangay Captain Ramon Jardin and representatives from the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, Solid Waste Management Board, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and City Legal Office, he said.

Lopez said he also wants to know from the Barangay Council of Felisa if their approved resolution is non-negotiable.

However, it will depend on the City Government of Bacolod whether to extend the contract of IPM-CDC or not since this will go through a bidding process. On the other hand, the operation of the sanitary landfill will need clearance from Felisa, he said.

Lopez said he has visited the sanitary landfill several times and has seen the situation.  He was with the vice mayor and councilors of Murcia the last time he went there and they saw that IPM-CDC does not follow certain laws.

Earlier, some residents of Murcia have complained of the foul odor reportedly coming from the sanitary landfill in Felisa.*

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