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Valencia City Implements Dumpsite Safe Closure and Rehabilitation Plan

By: Quesiah Iva C. Dumaquita, Admin. Aide VI, CENRO

The City Government of Valencia through the City Environment and Natural Resources Office has implemented the city’s Safe Closure and Rehabilitation Plan in compliance of Sec. 37 of RA 9003 also known as the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.”

The said Act mandates that “No open dumpsite shall be established and operated, nor any practice or disposal of solid waste by any person, including LGUs, which constitutes the use of open dumps for solid waste, be allowed after the effectivity of this Act.”

The main component of the plan is to finally close the existing open dumpsite at Barangay Tugaya, this city, for proper rehabilitation of the site and eventually converts it into an eco-park.

To continually address proper Solid Waste Management, the city has purchased an 8.6 hectare property at Barangay Barobo, to serve as the new Final Solid Waste Disposal Facility.

Machineries were also procured by the LGU to aide from the increasing volume of wastes collected from the city everyday namely: 2 Granulating machines for biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes, Gantry mixer, Vibrator and the Brick-making machine that will use the non-biodegradable by-product of the granulating machine.

These machineries were procured through a public bidding facilitated by the Bids and Awards Committee of the city in which Markell Company was identified as the winning bidder.

Personnel to be assigned in the facility have undergone 15-day training by the manufacturer itself.

As of to date, a dry-run of the machineries are conducted to test the efficiency of the equipment and ensure its maximum performance respectively.

The facility is expected to be fully operational on November this year following the closure of the open dumpsite.

Further, being the first city in Mindanao to acquire such facility of its kind, the city expects visitors from various municipalities nationwide to observe the operation.