EMB nixes pro­posed Ito­gon ESL

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THE En­vi­ron­ment and Man­age­ment Bureau Cordillera dis­closed the pro­posed en­gi­neered san­i­tary land­fill (ESL) of Ito­gon in Ta­pak, Am­pu­cao is not suit­able in the area.

Rey­naldo Dig­amo, EMB-CAR re­gional

direc­tor in his re­port said the ESL, aside from within the pro­tected area un­der the Na­tional In­te­grated Pro­tected Area Sys­tem Act, the area is also cov­ered part of the Lower Agno Wa­ter­shed For­est Reser­va­tion.

A site as­sess­ment was con­ducted by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of EMB-Car and the Mines Geo­sciences Bureau Cordillera with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Ito­gon and Barangay Am­pu­cao on Au­gust 2 to look into the vi­a­bil­ity of the area as an ESL.

In a mem­o­ran­dum on Septem­ber 4, it was con­cluded the pro­posed site for san­i­tary land­fill did not meet the ab­so­lute cri­te­ria set in the Na­tional Solid Was Man­age­ment Com­c­ity mis­sion Res­o­lu­tion No. 64 se­ries of 2013 specif­i­cally items 1,2,3,5,6,7, and 9.

These cri­te­ria in­cludes prox­im­ity to ground­wa­ter re­sources, prox­im­ity of peren­nial sur­face wa­ters, lo­cal ge­o­log­i­cal con­di­tions, soil prop­er­ties and avail­abil­ity of cover ma­te­rial, vul­ner­a­bil­ity to flood­ing and prox­im­ity to eco­log­i­cally sen­si­tive or en­vi­ron­men­tally cirit­i­cal ar­eas.

A copy of the en­vi­ron­ment bureau’s let­ter was for­warded to Ito­gon Mayor Vic­to­rio Palang­dan cit­ing the find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions in the pro­posed ESL in Ta­pak.

Palang­dan pre­vi­ously man­i­fested the pro­posed ESL can cater in­clud­ing Baguio City in Am­pu­cao.

The Ito­gon of­fi­cial added out of the nine barangays of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, barangay Am­pu­cao cov­ers the widest area. In the pro­posed ESL, resid­u­als can only be ac­com­mo­dated.

The pro­posed area, once re­al­ized aims to solve the garbage woes and can ac­com­mo­date trash from Baguio, La Trinidad, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay.

Last year, some 256 res­i­dents along Philex-Kias road have signed the pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing the pro­posed ESL site call­ing Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte to in­ter­vene in the pro­posed ESL in the area.

The pe­ti­tion­ers rec­om­mend the delist­ing of the area un­der the Na­tional Pro­tected Ar­eas Sys­tem (NIPAS) Act of 1992 be­ing part of the Lower Agno Wa­ter­shed and For­est Re­served.

Ac­cord­ing to the pe­ti­tion­ers, res­i­dents liv­ing near, along and below the pro­posed area de­serve clean air and a healthy liv­ing. More­over, the Creeks and rivers down­stream that sup­ply wa­ter to San Roque Dam, some part of the Prov­ince of Pan­gasi­nan de­pends on the rivers and creeks as their source of wa­ter for their daily house­hold and liveli­hood use.

The pe­ti­tion is also seek­ing for the in­ter­ven­tion of the Pres­i­dent and his non-ap­proval of the seg­re­ga­tion of the pro­posed area in the LAWFR and the delist­ing of the area from the NIPAS law.

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