Lasting solution for blazing dump site

Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe “Ipe” Remollo is seriously exploring several options that will solve once and for all the pestering problem of the open and burning dumpsite that has plagued the past three city administrations.

Remollo sympathizes with the discomfort experienced by the immediate residents around the dumpsite that previously received three closure orders from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources but were not enforced in the past.

Primarily due to the accumulated methane gas underneath the mountain high pile of trash combined with heat, intermittent fires and blazes have broken out around the dumpsite causing a mini haze triggering asthma attacks and respiratory illnesses of residents.

Environment and Natural Resources Officer Rossel Marie C. Garcia stressed that the main concern now is to extinguish the fires and relieve the communities of the toxic and hazardous smoke as part of the short term solution.

She is coordinating with other concerned officials to access the P3.4 million Quick Response Fund of the city’s calamity fund to purchase steel pipes to be inserted deep in the trash pile allowing methane gas to escape and rent heavy equipment to dump soil on top of the trash. Tankers are also on standby in the dumpsite to help control the blaze by inundating it with water.

Councilor Joe Kenneth Arbas underscored the need to form a task force that will focus on the problem by searching for the right answers and formulate a sustainable strategy that will be in accordance to existing laws.

Garcia will be re-orienting the officials of the 30 barangays of their obligation to manage their garbage in accordance to the Ecological Solid Waste Management and local ordinances that will help relieve the excessive dumping of wastes at the open dumpsite. (By Dems Rey Demecillo)

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