DAGUPAN CITY, May 21 (PIA) — Operating sanitary landfills might be the last resort for local governments to comply with the provisions of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act but the lack of social acceptance for such prevents them from doing so.
Engineer John Lioanag of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said in an interview Friday that communities refuse the construction of landfills in their areas for fear that sanitary landfills are unsanitary.
The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, or Republic Act 9003, mandates all local government units to stop operating dump sites, but construct sanitary landfills instead.
“Barangay residents lack enough information to allow the operation of a sanitary landfill,” he said.
Assuring that sanitary landfills are clean, Lioanag suggested conducting massive information dissemination campaign in the communities to promote its advantages and thus reverse the mindset of its residents.
Having no viable lot as to where to construct a sanitary landfill, this city purchased a lot in San Jacinto town during the first term of Mayor Benjamin S. Lim for the purpose.
But the project met strong opposition from residents which eventually reached a deadend.
The DENR had repeatedly warned this city for still operating the dump site in Barangay Bonuan Boquig.
A portion of the dump site has been converted into an eco-tourism park, with the remaining portion being operated as a controlled dump site, which the DENR also wants closed. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1, Pangasinan)