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Dumping unsegregated waste opposed

The owner of the land in Brgy. Felisa, Bacolod City, where the sanitary landfill is located, is opposing attempts of the city government to continue dumping unsorted garbage into their property.

Teodoro Lopez IIl, president of Dynasty Agri-Aqua Corp., informed Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella of the moves of the City Administrator to dump and dispose unsegregated garbage into the sanitary landfill in violation of Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

Lopez said City Administrator Rolando Villamor, in his letter dated October 2, stated that he would want to dump and dispose of unsegregated garbage into the sanitary landfill and that he has just started to comply with RA 9003.

Starting is far from complying with RA 9003, Lopez said.

“To prevent this illegal, arbitrary and unconscionable act, we have taken steps to protect our property from the rape and pillage about to be thrust in our land. Clearly, the City Administrator is aware of Art. 429 of the Civil Code of the Philippines, which gives the owner right to protect his property,” he added.

The property in question is still registered under the name of their corporation, Lopez said.

“We do not believe that this administration is hell-bent on imposing its will upon the weak and grab land through illegal and extra-judicial means. This illegal, arbitrary and unconscionable act will not escape the attention of the Ombudsman, the national government, the good citizens of Bacolod City and mass media,” he said.

Lopez, however, said they believe that there is still honor among men, and thus the City Administrator may still see the light.

He said they would be more than willing to discuss with Puentevella new terms to amicably settle this potentially volatile situation in the spirit of nationalism and on the eve of the MassKara Festival.

Lopez told Puentevella that they would be willing to meet with him on October 25, or at his convenient time.*CGS



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