Davao City Council majority leader Bernard Al-ag on Tuesday said invitation has been sent to the city environment and natural resources office (CENRO) to explain the presence of leachate emanating from the New Carmen sanitary landfill.
(Leachate is water escaping from a landfill site which, if not collected, will contaminate the natural water sources).
Al-ag told the Pulong Pulong ni Pulong media forum that the CENRO and Department of Environment and Natural Resources will be asked to clarify the spillage of leachate from the landfill to the Matina Pangi river.
He said the Council will also be checking if the water treatment facility of the New Carmen sanitary landfill is still working.
“I have to verify what is the reason why the water waste being disposed to the river is not treated,” said Al-ag.
“We have to listen to the agencies because they are the ones in-charge,” said Al-ag. They will also gather recommendation on how this issue be addressed.
The Davao City Council has allotted P10O million to buy a property intended to be utilized as new sanitary land fill. The money is from the supplemental budget 2 that was approved on its third reading in the city council during the previous session.
“We have allocated money to buy a new much bigger land fill,” he said.
Earlier, the CENRO admitted that the sanitary landfill in New Carmen has only one and half year before it reaches its maximum capacity.
“Actually we are delayed and this is a very urgent project and we need to do this as soon as possible,” Al-ag said.
It will be a comprehensive solid waste management complex. There will be a sanitary landfill, recycling area and a segregation area. He also clarified that in every sanitary landfill there should be a water treatment facility that would treat the accumulated liquid in the landfill before releasing it to the sea.
The City Planning Office is still scouting for places where the new complex will be put up. The possible areas are Calinan and somewhere in Paquibato area but they are still open to other suggestions where the new landfill will be as long as it passes the requirements of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
“We are looking for an area not near the river because once (this sanitary landfill) is near the river we create the same problem, the leaching of the solid waste will go to the river,” said Al-ag.
He said that while no official complaint about the matter has reached the city council, the councilors have heard the issue from the media specially about the leachate that is admittedly very dangerous to the environment and the water resources of the city.
“The leachate spillage from New Carmen will eventually affect the whole Davao City, not just Matina Pangi River and the contaminant will go all the way to the sea,” said Al-ag.