Salaan lot not suitable for sanitary landfill — DENR PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 15:18

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-9) yesterday reiterated its finding relative to the study it conducted on the lot in Barangay Salaan, this city, saying that such is not suitable for sanitary landfill.

Albert Jacildo, MGB regional director, said that based on the geological assessment they conducted on the proposed sanitary landfill showed that because its proximity to the sensitive ground water resources and its geological condition, “the proposed site is not suitable for sanitary landfill.”

Jacildo explained that applications of sound engineering measures and designs, which will only entail large amount of financial resources, to address the potential groundwater contamination will not be assured considering the nature of the underlying rocks (good aquifer, high porosity and high permeability) and its susceptibility to mass movement.

Because of this finding, MGB Senior Geologist Mustansir Manjoorsa has recommended, as stated in its official communication to the city government, that another sanitary landfill site should be determined.

Republic Act No. 9003 also known as “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act 2002 requires, among others, the DENR to ensure appropriate implementation and utilization of environmentally-sound solid waste management facilities in accordance with ecologically sustainable principles.

To achieve this, the law states, DENR is mandated to provide technical and other capability building assistance and support to the local government units in the development and implementation of local solid waste management plans and programs.

“I still insist that the city government should already look for another site. As far as I am concerned, I follow the recommendation of my credible staff that carried out the study,” said Director Jacildo in aninterview over TATAK-RMN yesterday morning.

Despite the MGB’s finding, the city government has pushed through with its desire to purchase the questionable lot in Salaan.
The sum of P13 million has been allocated for the purchase of the land and about P65 million has already been appropriated for the site development.
Of the P13 million, P3 million has already been paid to the lot owner.

An addition of seven hectares, which is an adjacent lot, will be purchased in the amount of P115.00 per square meter but such remains pending due to a court case relative to its true ownership.

The issue on the suitability of the land in Salaan has been the main discussion among members of the City Council.

During the Council’s last regular session, Councilor Cesar “Jawo” Jimenez delivered a privilege speech relative to the non-compliance of the city government of the provisions of  RA 9003.

In the course of the discussion, Jimenez was ordered by the presiding officer (Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde) to stop talking due to the alleged un-parliamentary words that Jimenez had been uttering.

Jimenez was lecturing the Council about MGB’s finding on the geological assessment when his attention was called by Iturralde which triggered a heated argument.
Jimenez’s alleged violation of the City Council’s House Rules was referred to the Council’s Committee on Ethics chaired by Councilor Luis “Noning” Biel for proper action. — Jimmy Villaflores