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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 4, 2018
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Dumaguete dumpsite
closure to cost P7.7M

The Technical Working Group, chaired by Councilor Manuel Arbon, said closing the dumpsite in Barangay Candau-ay, Dumaguete, will cost about P 7.7 million.

Arbon said the breakdown of costs, based on the estimates to be submitted to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources this month, for the closure of the Dumaguete dumpsite are: reshaping, compaction, slope stabilization, construction of embankment, placement of soil cover materials and vegetation at P5.8 million;

Construction of drainage, leachate pond, monitoring wells and gas vents at P1.5 million; construction of fencing and signage at P300,000; and lighting of guardhouse and other auxiliaries, will be P150,000.

Along with the closure plan, the TWG is also responsible for providing assistance for the establishment of a sanitary landfill to satisfy the law and ensure a sustainable means to manage the city's estimated 80 tons of garbage a day.

The law requires not only the closure of the dumpsite to be enclosed by a fence but also an elaborate rehabilitation plan to make the area safe again.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo previously said that he will close the dumpsite in Candau-ay and establish a sanitary landfill within his term.

Amid some controversy generated by his decision to consider acquiring a 3.5-hectare lot in an agro-industrial zone in the same barangay, he is urging everyone to wait for the DENR to make the appropriate recommendation on whether its lot passes the standards.

The TWG is composed of experts in the fields of engineering and environmental protection, and is tasked to safely and responsibly close the 30-year-old open dumpsite that was declared illegal by the Department of Interior and Local Government.*RG



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