Local News: Contractor Turns Over Sanitary Landfill Today
One of the most contested projects of Bacolod City, the sanitary landfill at Brgy. Felisa will be turned-over to the city government by the project contractor, A.L. Salazar Construction this morning.
Top officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Environment Management Bureau (EMB) will witness the occasion.
DENR Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio and EMB Region 6 Director Atty. Jonathan Bulos will join Mayor Evelio "Bing" Leonardia, Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson and Sangguniang Panlungsod members during the turnover ceremony and blessing.
Expected to witness the ceremony are Punong Barangays, members of the Solid Waste Management Board, Solid Waste Technical Working Group of the city government, and heads of offices.
USEC Ignacio earlier lauded the local government of Bacolod City under Mayor Leonardia for bringing Bacolod City into the elite group of 5% of local government units in Western Visayas that have been able to comply with the sanitary landfill requirement of the solid waste management law of the country.
Actually, Leonardia, Sayson and members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod fought hard to bring the City Sanitary Landfill into reality because of opposition lodged by political opponents of the mayor to derail the project, by filing several complaints before the EMB Region 6, Ombudsman up to Congress, against Leonardia, Sayson and those who supported the sanitary landfill project.
Their courage paid off. Bacolod City has now a Sanitary Landfill and it earned the city accolades from top DENR and EMB officials. The sanitary landfill is required by law in every local government unit as dumping site of collected garbage which are reproduced into agricultural fertilizer, and recyle the recyclables through its material recovery facility (MRF) within the sanitary landfill project area.
Councilor Mona Dia Jardin, president of Liga ng mga Barangay, urges Bacolodnons to segregate the biodegradable garbage from the non-biodegradables because if all garbage are dumped into the MRF, it will shorten the lifespan of the facility. Hence, no garbage collection if garbage is not segregated from the residences or whatever source/origin of garbage.*