The rehabilitation of the garbage dumpsite in Barangay Candau-ay, Dumaguete City, has started after it was declared under a state of calamity by the previous Sangguniang Panlungsod members following a series of fires that hit the dumpsite weeks before the May 9 elections.
City engineer Edwin Quirit said the initial stage of the rehabilitation includes pushing the garbage to the top, and constructing a road so that the heavy equipment can reach to the top.
Part of the program of work is to scour the bottom of the dumpsite and then positioned the 3-inch diameter perforated GI pipes so methane and carbon dioxide will be emitted into the atmosphere.
The dumpsite was declared under a state of calamity when toxic smoke threatened the health of residents, including children. Two or three kids were brought to the hospital for cough, and asthma of one or two was triggered because of the continued emission as a result of the garbage fire.
Part of the calamity fund is for the rental of heavy equipment to fill up the dumping area with a mixture of soil, sand and gravel as well as for financial assistance to affected scavengers.*JG
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