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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 27, 2012


Baguio city mayor reiterates call for waste segregation, commits to obey SC order on use of Irisan dumpsite

by Lito Dar & Mari Cruz

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) -- Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan recently reiterated his call on the citizenry to segregate their garbage.

Domogan issued the statement in the wake of a Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) issued by the Supreme Court ordering the city to stop dumping garbage at the Irisan Dumpsite as well as using it as a transfer and holding station.

Domogan announced that the city will abide by the TEPO assuring that there is no problem complying with the said SC order as the Irisan dumpsite has long been closed and that since 2008, dumping of garbage in the area was already stopped. He added that the city is also no longer using Irisan as a garbage transfer or holding station and that the only operations on-going in the area is the loading of bio-degradable waste to the City’s Environment Recycling System (ERS) machines.

It can be recalled that the retaining wall of the Irisan dumpsite collapsed during typhoon Mina last year causing a trashslide that killed five persons.

Domogan again reiterated his call on every city resident to do his obligation and segregate the garbages in their own homes. "If only everybody will cooperate, hindi naman natin magiging masyadong problema iyung garbage. (Garbage will not much be a problem for the city)”, he said.

He explained that only bio-degradable garbage will be hauled by the city which will be loaded to the ERS machine for composting, while the recyclable garbage should be brought to the different identified buying stations or Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs).He appealed again to the residents to maximize the use of the MRFs which are located in the barangays. Said MRFs are doable approach to solid waste management which is not only environment-friendly but economically viable as well.

For the non-biodegradable waste, Domogan explained that it is part of the obligation of Protech Machineries Corporation, the company which provided the city with the ERS machines, to haul such garbages and bring it to their disposal system in the lowlands.

He reminded the barangay officials to really monitor those who do not comply with our obligation to segregate for this is punishable under Republic Act No. 9003.

Domogan also stressed that the city does not like have any intention to pollute the nearby barangays or municipalities as what happened in the Irisan tragedy. He said the city is much open for any help or suggestions from the neighboring areas as far as the city’s garbage is concerned. (JDP/LD/MC-PIA CAR)

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