CALAMBA CITY, Laguna — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Calabarzon has reminded dumpsite operators in the boundary of Laguna and Batangas not to dump trashes and solid wastes in these areas.
This, after a team led by Regional Executive Director lawyer Maria Paz Luna conducted inspection and assessment at the dumpsite in Barangay Kay-Anlog in Calamba City and the nearby dumpsite in Barangay Laurel in Tanauan City, which residents and concerned citizens have complained about.
Ann Hazel Javier, DENR Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) chief, said on Saturday the team learned there were several garbage trucks from Cavite, Laguna and Batangas that disposed of trashes and solid wastes in these areas.
Javier reminded erring dumpsite operators of the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) existing suspension order about the use of dumpsites, and the prohibition of entry of garbage trucks to said sites.
“Binalaan rin ng mga opisyal na bukod sa pagpapatigil, ay maaring kasuhan ng danyos ang operator para sa pinsala sa kapaligiran partikular sa water table, na ayon sa bilang ng trak na pumasok labag sa kautusan (Environment) officials also warned that besides the suspension order, the dumpsite operator may face charges and be held liable for the damage on the environment particularly on the water table, based on the number of trucks which entered the site in defiance to the order),” she said.
Javier cited SB Hain dumpsite operated by a certain Severiano Hain, who received the suspension order from the DENR-EMB Calabarzon on October 2018 and was also the subject of a complaint on illegal quarrying operation on May 2018.
A cease and desist order for the dumpsite was also issued by Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) director Samuel Paragas in July 2018.
Javier noted the dumpsite is about 200 meters from the Laurel Elementary School, barangay hall and other residential units in the village.
She said the site is just beside a creek which streams to the San Juan River flowing to the Laguna Lake and its tributary through the Pasig River and onwards to Manila Bay.
The DENR and local government units have been receiving complaints about the stinking odor in the garbage site from residents and local villagers, who estimated around 100 garbage trucks that were sighted to have passed by the site.
EMB data sourced from the LGUs also confirmed their residual wastes have been dumped into the site, breaching limits on the capacity of the trash site since dumpsite under category 1 could only allow only 15 truckloads of garbage.
Meanwhile, DENR Calabarzon is urging the region’s LGUs and their service providers to reduce their volume of garbage and promote their respective segregation, material recovery facilities, dry residuals, the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ schemes and composting process for biodegradable wastes. (PNA)