P1M bud­get for Inayawan land­fill de­odor­iz­ers okayed

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - S. BU­NA­CHITA /RE­PORTER JOSE SANTINO

THE Cebu City Coun­cil has ap­proved yet an­other P1 mil­lion bud­get for the Inayawan land­fill. This time, it is for the pur­chase of de­odor­iz­ers for the land­fill’s ser­vice area which is set to be cleared by the city.

The amount will be charged to the city’s Philip­pineA­muse­men­tandGam­ing Corp. (Pag­cor) funds.

Ac­cord­ing to Coun­cilor Eu­ge­nio Gabuya Jr., deputy mayor on pub­lic ser­vices, the de­odor­iz­ers cost P20 per cu­bic me­ter and they are pro­ject­ing that they need 121,000 cu­bic me­ters of de­odor­iz­ers to be used for the five-hectare ser­vice area inside the land­fill.

“The needed amount goes up to P2.4 mil­lion. But we just ask for P1 mil­lion so we would know the sit­u­a­tion in the ser­vice area. If we need more, then we will ask for more later,” he said.

P52M ap­proved

The Cebu City Coun­cil has ear­lier ap­proved P52 mil­lion worth of projects for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­me­di­a­tion of the closed Inayawan land­fill. This in­cluded a P10 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion for the rental of heavy equip­ment needed to clear the ser­vice area.

An­other P17 mil­lion was ap­proved for the con­struc­tion of a perime­ter fence for the land­fill.

Gabuya ear­lier said the ser­vice area will be used as a site for the es­tab­lish­ment of a cen­tral­ized ma­te­ri­als re- covery fa­cil­ity (MRF) for the city which will be in com­pli­ance of Re­pub­lic Act 9003 or the Eco­log­i­cal Solid Waste Man­age­ment Act.

MRF plan ques­tioned

Dur­ing the coun­cil’s reg­u­lar ses­sion last week, some op­po­si­tion coun­cilors ques­tioned the plan to put up an MRF inside the land­fill which was al­ready or­dered per­ma­nently closed by the Court of Ap­peals (CA) since De­cem­ber last year.

Coun­cilor Joel Gar­gan­era said if there is an MRF inside the land­fill, then the city’s and the barangays’ trucks will tech­ni­cally have to dump its garbage in the MRF which is inside the land­fill.

He said this is a vi­o­la­tion of the CA or­der.

“What was in the court or­der is to have a post-clo­sure and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion plan. When you talk about an MRF, there is dump­ing and op­er­a­tion there inside the land­fill. Don’t cir­cum­vent the or­der of the court. We may earn the ire of the court for not fol­low­ing their or­der,” Gar­gan­era said.

Cite for con­tempt

Coun­cilor Ray­mond Alvin Gar­cia agreed say­ing that the court has not specif­i­cally de­fined in its or­der what kind of “dump­ing” is pro­hib­ited inside the land­fill.

Gar­cia said the court may cite the city for con­tempt if it sees that the op­er­a­tion of an MRF inside the land­fill in­volves dump­ing of garbage.

“We don’t like that to hap­pen. We have to be on the safe side here,” he added.

No dump­ing in­volved

But Gabuya de­fended his pro­posal say­ing that oper­at­ing the MRF does not in­volve dump­ing.

He said the garbage will just be seg­re­gated inside the MRF so that only resid­ual wastes will be hauled and taken to a pri­vate land­fill by the city or its pri­vate hauler.

He said the city should not be afraid.

In or­der to break the ar­gu­ment, Coun­cilor Mar­garita Os­meña sug­gested that the city should just ap- prove what­ever is be­ing pro­posed to be done inside the land­fill.

MRF POWE

Any­way, she said that the pro­gram of works and es­ti­mates(POWE)fortheMRF will still have to go back and be ap­proved by the City Coun­cil.

By then, she said the city can co­or­di­nate with the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Bureau (EMB) if this kind of MRF is al­lowed inside the land­fill or not.

The City Coun­cil then ap­proved the pur­chase of the de­odor­iz­ers. How­ever, Coun­cilors Philip Zafra, Jo­ce­lyn Pes­quera and Gar­cia de­cided to ab­stain from the ap­proval.

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