A CLUSTERED sanitary landfill to be operated by the Provincial Government of Camiguin for the five towns in the province will soon be established in barangay Benhaan in the municipality of Mambajao, reports said.
As this developed, the Municipal Council today gives its authority to Mayor Alex R. Jajalla to sign a memorandum of agreement among the provincial government of Camiguin and other four towns in the province for the construction of a common sanitary landfill.
Republic Act (RA) 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management law, requires all local government units to shut down their open dumpsites and establish a sanitary landfill.
The landfill will replace the traditional open dumpsite which is environmentally hazardous. The law requires that solid waste must be segregated before these are brought to the sanitary landfill.
The municipality of Mahinog is still using open dumpsite which is the subject of several closure orders by the DENR.
Mayor Alex Jajalla admits continued operation of dumpsite poses danger to public health and environmental hazards in host communities.
The mayor also says closure of the existing open dumpsite and the adoption of sanitary landfill is an urgent priority for this local government as part of its solid waste management plan.
“This is part of our consistent campaign to protect the environment,” he added.
In Mahinog, its open dumpsite is located in sitio upper Kinabkaban in barangay San Roque.
Officials said establishment of sanitary landfills is expensive and maintenance may not be affordable for low class LGU like the Municipality of Mahinog.
Hence, the provincial government’s move to construct a cluster landfill that will serve the five towns including Mahinog was highly welcomed by the municipality, since this will finally solve the town’s problem of finding a final disposal site for solid wastes.
Once realized garbage collection and disposal processes are made easy and financial requirement can become less burdensome for each municipality, local officials said.