Hearings on proposed Itogon landfill set
Thursday, July 19, 2012
ITOGON, Benguet – A hearing on the proposed installation of an engineered sanitary landfill (ESL) in town will be conducted tomorrow, Friday, in Ampucao gymnasium to get the pulse of concerned residents.
Association of Barangay Council president Eduardo Daniel said the village chiefs expressed to him their eagerness to have an ESL to manage their garbage. He added they even endorsed the site (Ampucao) for the installation of the ESL.
On the other hand, Vice Mayor Noel Ngolob said they really need an ESL to address garbage management. He added they are mandated by law to create at least one ESL facility.
However, despite this dream to have an ESL, several residents continue to oppose the proposed facility.
The residents earlier stated through their petition, the ESL will pollute the environment and will affect the agriculture and marine lives of the town. They further stated it will worsen the present situation of the environment already suffering because of the alleged ill effects of mining.
The petitioners asked for a proper procedure to be followed by whoever will be the investor in the installation of the ESL. The residents asked a Free Prior and Informed Consent to be conducted.
Ngolob said the council does not have an official stand on the issue because they are still waiting for the investor to comply with the different requirements of the law before they will endorse the project.
He added that Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, provides standards on the creation of such project. “The project should be in compliance with the law wherein one of the requirements is the conduct of an FPIC,” Ngolob said.
Ngolob said they will check the capacity of the ESL before they will decide whether to accommodate other towns’ garbage.
Camantiles earlier opposed the project and asked the investor to give him details but has not received any word yet.
He added the town wants to know who these investors are. They also want to learn the investor’s technical and financial capabilities.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 19, 2012.