Bacolod City starts rehab of old dumpsite, set to build new sanitary landfill
Bacolod City (8 October) -- At least 2.5 hectares of the 4.2-hectare dumpsite at Barangay Felisa, this city, are now covered with soil as the city starts the rehabilitation of the old-open dumpsite.
Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that once the entire 4.2 hectares are fully closed and rehabilitated, the property will be returned to the owner - the Lopez family, adding that the closure and rehabilitation of the existing dumpsite is in compliance with the provisions set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The mayor stressed that the closure of the existing dumpsite and the construction of a sanitary landfill are among the mandates of the Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, which the local government unit of Bacolod is set to comply.
Leonardia clarified that the sanitary landfill will be constructed on a 7-hectare land right beside the existing dumpsite and not on the same land as that of the existing dumpsite.
"The sanitary landfill project was drawn not only to comply with the law but more importantly, to improve the environmental health of the city and to help mitigate climate change," the mayor said while urging Bacoleņos to continue to adhere to the no segregation, no collection" policy set by the city government for effective solid waste management
The city government is also set to acquire additional dump trucks as the 32 units that are presently in use are not enough to service all areas in Bacolod.
Leonardia also said that while the city's solid waste management program is not perfect yet, it is noteworthy that the first critical steps have been taken and that measures are being done to further improve the program. (CMO/PIA/EAD) [top]