Toledo res­i­dents com­plain of poor land­fill main­te­nance

The Freeman - - NEWS -

Res­i­dents of barangays Put­ing­bato and Can­lumam­pao in Toledo City are com­plain­ing of the poor main­te­nance of the san­i­tary land­fill in Barangay Put­ing­bato.

One res­i­dent of Put­ing­bato who asked not to be named com­plained of the foul smell from the land­fill and they also no­ticed the in­crease of flies which they be­lieve is caused by the wastes.

An­other res­i­dent said they are wor­ried that the wa­ter leak­ing from the land­fill might af­fect their wa­ter sup­ply.

He spent al­most P90,000 to con­struct a wa­ter tank and he fears they might not be able to use the wa­ter as they no­ticed the sup­ply is al­ready smelly.

Farm­ers of Barangay Can­lumam­pao also com­plained that the wa­ter leak­ing from the land­fill has af­fected the wa­ter sup­ply that they use in their ir­ri­gation.

Manuel Cuizon, a farmer, re­vealed that they had skin ir­ri­ta­tion after tend­ing to their rice fields.

Ed­uardo Ali­caba, for­mer barangay cap­tain of Can­lumam­pao and head of the farmer’s as­so­ci­a­tion, said that about 100 hectares of rice field was af­fected by the dirty wa­ter from the land­fill.

Al­most 200 hectares of pad­dies were ready to be planted with rice but about 20 hectares will not uti­lized as farm­ers fear that they might get skin prob­lems be­cause of dirty wa­ter.

Coun­cilor Shirly Mabida of Barangay Can­lumam­pao and head of the Com­mit­tee on Solid Waste Man­age­ment said that they have re­ported the mat­ter to the City En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice CENRO of Toledo City.

CENRO as­sured that they will find a way to solve the prob­lem but they have not re­ceived any up­date from the of­fice un­til now.

Can­lumam­pao Barangay Cap­train Irene Gerale said that around 4,000 res­i­dents of her barangay are af­fected by the dirty wa­ter leak­ing from the land­fil.

Some of their wa­ter sources are al­ready con­tam­i­nated and the no longer bring their cows and carabaos to the river.

Gerale is call­ing on the of­fi­cials of Toledo City to give at­ten­tion to the prob­lem. — Ray­mond D. Abar­cas/MBG

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