Valencia eyes sanitary landfill

Racing against time to comply with the directive of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to shut down all open dump sites, the municipality of Valencia is inclined to purchase a 5-hectare lot to serve as its sanitary landfill. It extended an open invitation for Dumaguete to join in making it an integrated sanitary landfill.

Mayor Edgar Y. Teves confirmed that the town will proceed with its plan to establish its own facility to properly manage the wastes but is not totally closing the door for the City of Dumaguete and municipality of Sibulan to dispose their garbage in their landfill to help their neighbors dispose their garbage consistent with environmental laws.

Vice-Mayor Romeo Alviola said that the town is appropriating at least P 5 million for the goal of purchasing the lot and to acquire the equipment to manage the landfill.

The 5-hectare lot is located in Barangay Malaunay mainly because of its proximity and suitability compared to Barangay Dobdob.

While Dumaguete City and Sibulan will be allowed to dispose their garbage in Valencia, Alviola said that they need to pay the fee to finance the operating expenses required of such facility.

The DENR has promised to sue local government that refuse or fail to establish sanitary landfills to promote a clean and healthy living for the present and future generations. (By Dems Demecillo)

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