Cenro, DENR XI invited to shed light on leachates from landfill

THE CITY Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have been invited to the next regular session on Tuesday, Nov. 21, to tackle the alleged leakage of fluid extract in the sanitary landfill in Barangay New Carmen, Tugbok District.

Councilor Bernard Al-ag, majority floor leader, urged lawmakers to invite the Cenro and DENR XI to explain the issue as it concerns the whole populace of the city.

Al-ag, in his privilege speech, said that “we want to hear the immediate solution for the problem of spillage of leachates in the area.”

The councilor added that prior to the invitation of the two offices his office received a lot of report that of spillage of leachates in the sanitary landfill that go directly to the river.

Al-ag also stressed that the issue “is not only the concern of Barangay New Carmen because this is the concern of the whole city as these leachates will go to our river specifically the Matina Pangi River then directly to the sea.”

Based on records, the sanitary landfill is now in its maximum capacity, as it’s estimated to last for one and half years only. However, the City Council passed Supplemental Budget 2, including the request of the Executive Department to allocate P100 million for the relocation of the sanitary landfill.

Meanwhile, Cenro chief Marivic Reyes said the leakage of fluid extract occurred because the filtration pond is already full to the brim. He said they are thinking about placing the excess on the cell so the fluid will flow to the filtration pond.

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