BAGUIO CITY, August 27 - Baguio City mayor Mauricio Domogan personally met with residents and barangay officials of Apugan-Sto Tomas to personally talk with them on the proposed site for the citys Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS).
The city seeks to conduct an Identification Survey of the area consisting of 130 hectares which is presently owned by city government but initial attempts of the private surveyor proved unsuccessful due to resistance from the residents.
Domogan explained the purpose of the survey is to identify a 50-hectare area as possible site of the ISWMS Facility from the total area covered by the 130 hectares owned by the city Government and to ascertain how many residents are inside the identified lot.
The site for the ISWMS will still undergo clearance from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
In an interview today, August 27, secretary to the mayor Raffy Tallocoy said the residents who opposed the establishment of the ISWMS were dared to do so without the benefit of knowing the facts.
He said after the conduct of the perimeter identification survey, the city will continuously conduct dialogues with barangay officials and residents in the area.
Tallocoy said the survey is only the initial stage of the identification for the planned establishment of the waste facility that will include a waste-to-energy plant, a central materials recovery facility, health care waste treatment plant and an engineered sanitary landfill if needed.
He said the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) which the city acquired in 2010 to process biodegradable wastes into compost fertilizer will be a component part of the ISWMS.
Based on the report of General Services Officer (GSO) Romeo Concio, the current rate of wastes generated daily already reaches 366 tons with an average daily collection of 194 tons.
This comprises 30 tons of bio-degradable waste, 214 tons of recyclable wastes while the remaining residual waste which covers at least 122 tons is hauled-out to an Engineered Sanitary Landfill in Urdaneta City in Pangasinan.
The integrated system will aggressively address this concern as the working system in the USA which they visited can process a minimum of 200 tons per day. (PNA)