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Group questions ECC on landfill

The Alyansa Kontra Basura is questioning the issuance by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Environmental Compliance Certificate for the Bacolod City sanitary landfill project in Brgy. Felisa.

The 5.9-hectare sanitary landfill project in Purok Acacia, Barangay Felisa, Bacolod City was issued an ECC by DENR on Dec. 6, 2010.

ALKOBA president Ma. Fe Trespuentes yesterday said the project site is not specifically defined, and that the ownership of the land may be questioned by the landowner.

She claimed that the site is not in conformity with its Comprehensive Land Use Plan and that it is where the present open dumpsite is located based on evidences they reportedly gathered.

The landfill is within the 50-meter distance from Cabura Creek and lacks social acceptability she claimed, adding that is located in Cabug.

Project engineer Nobel Cordova said the landfill project is located in Brgy. Felisa and not in Cabug. It is adjacent to the open dumpsite but not where the open dumpsite is located, he said.  

The construction of the project started early this year and A.L. Salazar Construction, commissioned to construct the project, committed to finish its first phase by June 30, 2011.

The first phase of the landfill project of Bacolod covering 2.7 hectares has a project cost of P32 million that will be sourced from the deferred Internal Revenue Allotment of the city. The second phase covers 3.2 hectares.

The report of the DENR Mines and Geoscience Bureau in Quezon City states that the present location of the sanitary landfill is acceptable and very strategic.

In his report dated July 22, 2009, DENR-MGB supervising science research specialist, Ricarte Javelosa, said the present existence and operations of the roadways in the area provide an excellent accessibility to the landfill site and that there is no sign of residential occupancy in and nearby the area.

He said the present physical conditions in and around the site is befit for the development of a sanitary landfill

Javelosa said that threat of groundwater contamination in the area is considered extremely remote with a sound and effective sanitary landfill design and operation.

Javelosa said it is also located outside the hydrogeological environment of the Lupit River Basin and Caliban River Basin so the geographical alienation of the project makes the groundwater reservoir of Lupit River safe from any threat of contamination.

The landfill is obviously outside the groundwater well field of Bacolod City and lies away from the general flow paths of the water table, he said.

Javelosa said its landfill can accommodate the waste generation of Bacolod in the next 10 years or more.

The landfill project is within the boundary of Bacolod, Murcia and Bago and is located about 1.5 to 3 kilometers east-northeast of the five production wells of the Bacolod City Water District in Felisa.*CGS




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