Provincial head Charlie Fabre of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Negros Oriental stressed the need yesterday for a sanitary landfill to address the garbage problem in the provincial capital.
Fabre said the city government of Dumaguete is awaiting the report of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau on whether the proposed sanitary landfill site in Barangay Candauay is suitable or not.
Fabre said the provincial government, the city government and the PENRO must agree on a sanitary landfill site as a solution to the growing problem of garbage disposal.
He added that the city government has received notices in the past for the closure of the existing open dumpsite in Candauay as it is already outlawed.
Fabre also said reduction of waste is not a permanent solution and it will only work temporarily as, “We have already developed into a tourism destination.”
He said he has not yet received a copy of the report from MGB on the proposed sanitary landfill site in Candauay.
The MGB conducted an inspection last January at the proposed site to determine whether existing conditions would allow for the sanitary landfill to be established in that area.
As to the opposition raised by some quarters on the proposed site for such reasons as being near a housing project, Fabre pointed out that, “If we will listen to all concerned, then there will be no sanitary landfill.”
The sanitary landfill must be established provided the proposed site meets the minimum standards, he said. It is for “economic progress and economic safety of all,” he added.*PNA
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