Search for Baguio sanitary landfill continues
By JM Agreda
Friday, March 23, 2012
THE search for an engineered sanitary landfill (ESL) site for Baguio City continues, said Mayor Mauricio Domogan as the proposed Ampucao, Itogon ESL negotiations continue to face stumbling blocks.
Itogon Mayor Oscar Camantiles recently held in abeyance his endorsement of the ESL to the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed then by Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan, Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Ampucao village chief Eddie Amuasen to develop an ESL in a 21-hectare area to be utilized by towns in Benguet and Baguio city.
But the mayor still hopes the ESL project will be given an Environmental Compliance Certificate by EMB Central Office director Juan Miguel Cuna.
He said the ESL remains as a component partner of the Environmental Recycling System, which the city acquired last year to process biodegradable wastes into compost fertilizer.
The mayor earlier said the Ampucao landfill would be closer for hauling residual wastes than in the private landfill in Capas, Tarlac where the city currently hauls out trash.
As of the moment, the city is eyeing another 25-hectare property in Sablan, Benguet as another ESL site.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 23, 2012.