NSWMC warns Dagupan: Face charges for open dumpsite

THE Dagupan City government will likely be included in the next batch of 100 Local Government Units (LGUs) in the country that will face charges before the Ombudsman for the continued operation of its dumpsite in Barangay Bonuan Binloc.     

The aerial view of the location of the site the open dumpsite in Dagupan City. (Contributed by ECV)

This was disclosed by Commissioner Crispian Lao of the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) in a talk before the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) on November 12.

Lao told the SP that the Ombudsman has given notice that it is waiting for the next batch of LGUs to be sued for violation of RA 9003 after the commission sued 100 LGUs last year.

“We already have the documents… I state right now that I will be surprised if you will not be included in the next batch (of LGUs to be sued) given the condition of your open dumpsite,” Lao said told the city councilors.

He said Dagupan was already included in the list of 100 LGUs to be sued last year but was removed from the list because of the “submitted “Waste-to-Worth” project to address your (garbage) problem.”    

Lao and Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio accompanied Julia Courts Boughton, chief executive officer of Sure Global Philippines, Inc., to Dagupan to look into to the status of the Waste-to-Worth project.

“We gave you a chance that was why you were not included among those that were sued last year,” Lao said.

He clarified that he came to Dagupan to determine if the city will push through with the Waste-to-Worth project and what option it will take if it cancels the project.     

He clarified that the exclusion of Dagupan in the list was owing to the Waste-to-Worth technology that the city government submitted as the alternative knowing that the technology is accepted globally.

The national government, he said, already developed guidelines on Waste-to-Energy projects, which include the Waste-to-Fuel technology that integrates the safe closure and rehabilitation of the dumpsite. (Leonardo Micua)

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