Clar­i­fi­ca­tion on Baguio’s trans­fer fa­cil­ity sought

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Sun*Star Re­porter Lau­ren Alimondo

MEM­BERS of the Benguet Provin­cial Board are seek­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tion on Baguio City’s waste trans­fer fa­cil­ity fol­low­ing a pe­ti­tion by Tuba of­fi­cials.

DUR­ING the board ses­sion on Mon­day, the provin­cial board moved to in­vite the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Bureau to fur­ther ask queries re­gard­ing the city’s waste trans­fer fa­cil­ity lo­cated at Don­to­gan along Mar­cos High­way.

EMB-CAR is­sued a Cer­tifi­cate of Non-Cov­er­age for the op­er­a­tion of the trans­fer sta­tion at the barangay as it was found that it is in ac­cor­dance with EMB Memo Cir­cu­lar 005, se­ries of 2014 or the

re­vised guide­lines for cov­er­age screen­ing and stan­dard­ized re­quire­ment un­der the Philip­pine En­vi­ron­ment Im­pact State­ment.

EMB also cited Baguio City submitted re­quire­ments for es­tab­lish­ing trans­fer sta­tions. Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion is not a re­quire­ment prior to the is­suance of CNC.

Board Mem­ber Juan Nazarro said of­fi­cials from the MEB will be in­vited to ex­plain is­suance of a per­mit.

“We can also in­clude here the of­fi­cer in charge of that land and the NCIP if there is a part of the do­main of Ibaloi tribe if they also com­ply with the NCIP guide­lines,” added Nazarro.

Board Mem­ber Floren­cio Ben­trez, who was also the for­mer mayor of Tuba said the trans­fer sta­tion is al­ready good as a dump­ing sta­tion.

Last Fe­bru­ary, mem­bers of the board passed a res­o­lu­tion “strongly sup­port­ing and en­dors­ing the pe­ti­tion of Up­per Pobla­cion, Tuba res­i­dents re­gard­ing the dump­ing trans­fer sta­tion of garbage waste from the city of Baguio.”

“The stag­ing of dump­ing area near res­i­den­tial houses, busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments such as eater­ies, fruit and veg­etable stands, ele­men­tary and sec­ondary schools in­clud­ing nat­u­ral springs lo­cated be­low the dump­ing site, is detri­men­tal and haz­ardous to health and the eco­log­i­cal con­di­tions of the area. These dump­ing of wastes were be­ing done with­out pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion done with the af­fected res­i­dents and com­mu­ni­ties,” the res­o­lu­tion stated.

Prior to the pas­sage of a res­o­lu­tion by the provin­cial board, a let­ter dated March 19 by EMB-CAR re­gional di­rec­tor Rey­naldo Dig­amo man­i­fested their of­fice will mon­i­tor the op­er­a­tion of the trans­fer sta­tion to avert any neg­a­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects.

DA Sec­re­tary Em­manuel Piñol ap­proved on Fe­bru­ary 28 the re­quest of City Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan for the tem­po­rary use of ap­prox­i­mate 5,000 square me­ters of Baguio Stock Farm within the bound­ary of Tuba and Baguio City.

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