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Borongan closes dumpsite, opens ecopark

(Photo courtesy of Penelope Añosa Bulan Pomida)

BORONGAN CITY, December 6, 2017–The local government of this city has permanently closed down its open dumpsite in barangay Camada. Mayor Maria Fe Abunda led city officials in the ceremonial closing of the dumpsite yesterday.

This is part of the LGU’s compliance of the implementation of RA 9003 or the Solid Waste Mangement Act.

“We are now ending the operation of a government facility that has been hounding us for the longest time, a facility that has been an eyesore” said Sangguniang Panlungsod member Victor Franco, who chairs the committee on environment.

Mayor Abunda said that the closure will be “beneficial to the environment and the health of the people”.

Reports said that the LGU has been warned by the Environmental Management Bureau in a letter last November 21, to comply with provisions of RA 9003, including the segregation of garbage at the source, closing of open dumpsites, establishment of materials recovery facilities in every barangay and segregated collection of garbage to avoid being charged before the environmental Ombudsman.

Yesterday, the city government also launched its Ecological Solid Waste Management (EcoSWaM) program that would address the problem of solid waste in Borongan. Mayor Abunda announced the opening of a new landfill in barangay Cabalagnan and the implementation of the “no segregation, no collection” policy.

She called on households, business owners and schools to support these initiatives. “The transition of waste disposal from the usual practice to segregation is not going to be easy”, Mayor Abunda said. But the law must be implemented and she is banking on the cooperation of all Boronganons. “I appeal to everyone to help the city government. We will be successful only if we work together”.

Under the scheme, garbage must be segregated into biodegradables, recyclables, residuals and special wastes. Only non biodegradables will be collected. Households and businesses will be responsible for the disposal of their biodegradable wastes. The city government has launched an intensive information and education campaign

Bishop Crispin Varquez and representatives from the academe, business, and other groups expressed their support for the program.

The city government has allocated P5.9M for the rehabilitation of the old dumpsite which will be converted into an ecopark. (Eden Cidro/Este News)

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