EMD grants Benguet town’s temporary containment area in Alno

By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL
www.nordis.net

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Cordillera agreed to the request of the La Trinidad municipal government to allow a temporary containment area for residual waste at the town’s Alno dump.

It can be recalled that the La Trinidad council passed a resolution asking the Department of environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to open a temporary residual containment area for residual waste because the town could no longer afford to pay for the hauling out of their garbage.

Councilor Nestor Fongwan, Jr. said they met with EMB officials on September 26 for a technical conference regarding their request for a temporary containment area. “The EMB seems okay with out suggestion but they told us to comply with environment standards,” he said.

Fongwan said they agreed to conduct a joint ocular inspection at the proposed site for the temporary containment area as soon as possible. He said that the municipal engineering office together with the technical people from EMB will conduct the inspection. He added that after the inspection, the municipal engineering office will immediately draft a design that will conform with EMB standards.

“We asked for a joint ocular inspection so that the EMB technical people will already evaluate the proposed area and give us pointers on how to be able to comply with their standards,” he said.

Fongwan said the temporary containment area will only be good for two months just in time for the completion of the cell n. 3 of the Alno dump. He said that the municipal engineering office targets to finish the cell no. 3, which is the comtainment area for residual by the end of November.

Fongwas further said that the town government will resume the campaign for waste segregation at the household level in October 6. “We will start the segregation campaign once again, we will go to the schools and to the barangays to encourage and make everybody understand the importance of segregation,” he said.

Fongwan said the municipal government that the municipality even have a standing unpaid hauling fees amounting to around P5.9 million for the hauling of garbage from April 16 to July 15. # nordis.net

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