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The province of Davao Oriental recently held a shovelling ceremony for its first provincial government -funded sanitary landfill to store residual waste without causing health and water contamination in the province.
Located at Sitio Bagsak, Barangay Central in Manay town, the P30 million project funded under the province’s disaster funds will accommodate residual wastes from all over the Municipality of Manay as it can hold up to 15 metric tons per day. Based on study, Manay produces an average of 1.8 tons per day, the fourth highest garbage-generating municipality in the province.
Governor Nelson Dayanghirang who led the groundbreaking ceremony said the sanitary landfill, once completed, will become a subject for benchmarking activities of different LGUs in the entire region. He said this will become a destination of government officials from different Local Government Units (LGUs) because there are not many sanitary landfills in the entire region or even in the entire Philippines that is designed such as this one.
The landfill is designed by Engineer Earl Bahandi of the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO) and includes a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and is compliant to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, which, among others, mandates proper segregation of solid wastes. The facility is specifically designed for proper disposal of solid waste that reduces harmful effects to the environment and improves the health and safety of the community.
Environment and Natural Resources Office Head Dolores Valdesco said that the project has passed Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s standard for engineering and geohazard. She said it will also serve as an ecological park as it will be surrounded with trees that will serve as its buffer zone.
With the sustainability mechanism already planned, PEO OIC Engineer Ruel Dumadag, on the other hand, said that once the project will generate employment when it is turned-over to LGU Manay.
He also challenged the LGU Many to strictly implement waste segregation and recycling as included in the sustainability plan is the incentive strategy.