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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Villagers eye legal move
versus proposed landfill

Residents of the outskirts of Barangay Camanjac in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, are pressing their campaign to stop the establishment of a sanitary landfill near the Okoy River.

Fr. Sulpicio Vincoy, parish priest of Camanjac, said over the weekend that his constituents are not cowed by the pronouncements of the local officials of Dumaguete City that they have already complied with a number of requirements set by the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources for the putting up of a sanitary landfill.

The city government had announced that it has found a 3.5-hectare lot owned by the Divinagracias in Barangay Candauay, the village adjacent to Camanjac, that is “suitable” for the solid waste facility.

ButVincoy said they have certain issues with the proposal, such as what they believe would be hazards for both humans and the environment from the facility. The proposed site is also near the Bloomington Housing area, he said.

For one, Vincoy pointed to what he believes are discrepancies between a study in the early 2000s about the area being prone to flooding and the current one stating that the area and its surroundings are safe and suitable for the landfill site.

As the city continues to comply with the requirements for the facility, like the submission of an Environmental Impact Assessment and afterward, securing an Environmental Compliance Certificate from the DENR, the Candauay protesters are not giving up on their stand.

Derek Erames, a resident of the village, said one of the remedies they are considering to file an injunction for a temporary restraining order against the city.

They hope that the DENR, the Environmental Management Board, and the Mines and GeoSciences and Bureau will invite representation from the local community when they return for further inspection of the site, Vincoy said.

He expressed surprise over a supposed report dated December when the group from the DENR in Region 7 conducted its inspection last month when he claimed there was no representation from the community.*PNA



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