Engr. Lloyd Anthony Patrimonio, environmental management specialist of DENR-Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) Negros Oriental suggests to LGUs to create clusters for better management of solid wastes during a Kapihan Forum held on Jan. 12, 2020 at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City. (KAT/PIA7-NegOr)
DUMAGUETE CITY, Jan. 12 (PIA) -- Cities and municipalities that still have open dumpsites can partner with local government units (LGUs) with operational sanitary landfills for better management of their solid waste.
Engr. Anthony Lloyd Patrimonio, environmental management specialist of the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO), underscored this during the Kapihan sa PIA which tackled solid waste management program updates.
PEMO is an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Negros Oriental.
Patrimonio said the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act directs LGUs to close dumpsites and formulate measures on waste diversion as well as the establishment of sanitary landfills.
However, the problem in Negros Oriental is the lack of location ideal for a sanitary landfill.
"Ang problema nato ang scarcity sa lugar na ato himoan ug sanitary landfill. Mao nay dakong problema pero niingon pod ang balaod na gi-encourage ang clustering of municipalities na maghimo ug sanitary landfill (Our problem here is the lack of areas ideal for sanitary landfills. However, the law also encourages the clustering of municipalities. They can work together and establish a sanitary landfill)," Patrimonio said.
"Kung ang lungsod or siyudad wala site para mahimo sanitary landfill, makikunstaba ko sa lain LGU na dunay site for sanitary landfill. Kung dili pa makaya, mag-clustering ug municipalities ta for sanitary landfill. It's up to the municipalities unta ang arrangement nila in terms of fees (If a certain city or municipality can't identify a site for its sanitary landfill, they can partner with an LGU that has a viable land for a sanitary landfill. It's up to the LGUs to arrange the fees)," he added.
So far, Bayawan City, Canlaon City, and Tanjay City have operational sanitary landfills.
"For those LGUs na wala pa sanitary landfill pwede sila makig-cluster niini (For those LGUs without sanitary landfill, they can cluster with these LGUs)," Patrimonio noted.
On the other hand, the DENR-PEMO will have to re-evaluate the sanitary landfills in Tayasan and Bais City before they can be completely operational.
Leo Mamicpic of Friends of the Environment in Negros Oriental (FENOR), an environmental group in the province, asked Patrimonio if DENR-PEMO suggested to the city government of Dumaguete to cluster with Tanjay City which is the closest LGU with an operational sanitary landfill.
In response, Patromonio said that although he has yet to discuss with an LGU official about the clustering initiative, however, the city government has submitted an appeal to his office outlining other alternative measures on waste management.
Still, Patrimonio believes the suggestion for Dumaguete to cluster with Tanjay City is a good move for the city.
Patrimonio said DENR does not allow LGUs to operate open dumpsites and just recently, the department issued notices of violations and cease and disease orders to LGUs that still have open dumpsites. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)