The construction of the initial phase of the 5.9-hectare sanitary landfill project in Purok Acacia, Barangay Felisa, Bacolod City started this month.
Councilor and Felisa Barangay Captain Mona Dia Jardin said yesterday that A.L. Salazar Construction president Andy Santiago, commissioned to construct the project, committed to finish the first phase of the sanitary landfill in three months.
The first phase of the landfill project of Bacolod covering 2.7 hectares will cost P32 million to be sourced from the deferred Internal Revenue Allotment of the city. The second phase covers 3.2 hectares.
Earlier, Ricarte Javelosa, supervising science research specialist of the Department of Environment and National Resources Mines and Geoscience Bureau, said in his report dated July 22, 2009 that 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 the landfill can accommodate the waste generation of Bacolod in the next 10 years or more.
Javelosa said the site has environmental merits and is geologically acceptable for sanitary landfill.
Roberto Villanueva, a watcher, said preparation work at the landfill that started two weeks ago is supervised by Nobel Cordova the project engineer.
Meanwhile, Jardin said she has requested Mayor Evelio Leonardia to re-route the dump trucks loaded with garbage so they do not to pass the barangay proper, which is a residential area, and where a school and their barangay hall is located.*CGS