Iloilo town wants to dump garbage in Calajunan

THE municipality of Leganes, Iloilo has requested the Iloilo City government to allow it to dump residual wastes at the sanitary landfill in Barangay Calajunan, Mandurriao district for one year.

Councilor R Leonie Gerochi, Committee on Environmental Protection and Ecology chair, drafted a resolution authorizing Mayor Jose Espinosa III to sign and enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the municipality relative to its request.

Gerochi said the town is currently threatened by an administrative case for violation of Republic Act 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management of 2000) as it still lacks a sanitary landfill for proper waste disposal.

The town is currently building its own waste-to-energy facility. But pending the construction, it eyes to dump its garbage in Calajunan.

Gerochi said he was prompted to approve the request as he is eyeing a “long term solution” to the problem of wastes in the city.

The memorandum included the provision on reciprocity wherein Leganes will also allow Iloilo City to dump its garbage on its waste processing facility when it becomes operational.

“In the future, na-foresee naton nga mapuno na ang sanitary landfill. And when that time comes, we still do not have a waste-to-energy facility but Leganes already has. So they may invite as to dump their garbage to their facility,” Gerochi said.

He said the town is also open to the idea of getting garbage outside to be processed but its waste-to-energy facility.

Engr. Neil Ravena of the General Services Office told Gerochi that the Calajunan dump could still accommodate the estimated volume of residual wastes from Leganes.

On July 4, 2018, the MOA was discussed in a committee hearing at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan conference room.

It was attended by Engr. Ravena, Atty. Johnna Catio of the City Legal Office; Wilson Batilansan of the Leganes municipal environment and natural resources office (MENRO), among others.

Gerochi suspended the passage of the resolution and made it open for suggestions from his fellow councilors.

The MOA also stipulates that the town will pay corresponding charges at the prevailing rate per kilo of waste dumped for one year.

But Gerochi said the city may impose a higher rate based on the suggestions of the other councilors.

“That is why wala ko ni anay ginduso ang resolution. We could ask them to pay based on suspended rate of P4 per kilo,” he added.

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