Dad wants to know why Pamo­cor dumps trash in a site with en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - by Morex­ette Marie B. Er­ram

IS PAMO­COR qual­i­fied as the win­ning bid­der of the garbage haul­ing and dis­posal ser­vices of Cebu City when it dumps trash in a pri­vately-owned land­fill in Alogu­in­san town which has a stand­ing cease­and-de­sist order (CDO) from the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Bureau in Cen­tral Visayas (EMB - 7)?

Cebu City Coun­cilor Jun Al­cover wants to know.

Pamo­cor, which won the bid in 2017, dumps an av­er­age of 600 tons of the city’s garbage in Alogu­in­san and Con­so­la­cion daily.

But Al­cover told re­porters on Wed­nes­day, that dump­ing the city’s garbage in a dump­site fac­ing com­pli­ance is­sues must be re­solved first.

“It may not be a vi­o­la­tion on the terms of ref­er­ence which states that the dump­sites they se­lected should have doc­u­ments cer­ti­fied by the DENR (De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources) such as the ECC. But why is the private ser­vice provider choose to dump in a land­fill with a CDO?,” he added.

The CDO against the land­fill in Alogu­in­san, owned by Rafael Moreno, younger brother of Alogu­in­san Mayor Ig­natius Cae­sare Moreno, was is­sued after it failed to fin­ish con­struct­ing its waste wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­ity.

The fa­cil­ity would have en­sured that the leachate from the garbage will not seep through the ground and into the wa­ter table be­low.

Res­i­dents have been com­plain­ing not only about the foul smell com­ing from the land­fill but also about the pos­si­bil­ity that with­out a waste wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­ity, the wa­ter ta­bles, which serve as their pri­mary source of potable wa­ter, will be con­tam­i­nated.

On top of this, Al­cover, a mem­ber of the op­posi- tion Barug Team Rama–PDP La­ban, also urged mem­bers of the city govern­ment’s Bid and Awards Com­mit­tee (BAC) to be more thor­ough in check­ing the qual­i­fi­ca­tions of fu­ture bid­ders.

To­day, Thurs­day (June 14), the BAC is slated to con­duct an­other round of public bid­ding for the city’s garbage dis­posal.

CEBU DAILY NEWS tried to con­tact Franklin Ong, pro­pri­etor of Pamo­cor, BAC Chair­per­son Ron­ald Mala­cora, and De­part­ment of Public Ser­vices (DPS) Chief Roberto Cabar­ru­bias but failed to get their com­ments.

In an ear­lier interview how­ever, Cabar­ru­bias said their office is not aware of a stand­ing CDO is­sued against the Alogu­in­san land­fill.

He as­sured, though, that it will not ham­per the city’s garbage col­lec­tion since Pamo­cor is also dump­ing trash at a land­fill in Con­so­la­cion town, which is pri­vately owned and op­er­ated by Asian En­ergy Sys­tems Corp.

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