Smoke from dumpsite fire cancels classes

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Friday, January 31, 2014

SCHOOL authorities cancelled classes on Thursday in six schools affected by the smoke from the burning city dumpsite in Barangay Calajunan, Mandurriao district.

Assistant City School Superintendent Fe de los Reyes had appraised the schools’ situation to city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to cancel the classes on Thursday as acrid smoke from the burned portion of the dumpsite continues by reaching more than 5 kilometers where the wind blows.412:

READ: Calajunan dumpsite fire burns 23 hectares


Mabilog had created a team to assess the ongoing fire which started last Monday at the garbage dumpsite and has now escalated to approximately two hectares of the total 23 hectares Calajunan dumpsite.

De los Reyes also ordered the giving out of cotton gas masks to the pupils as recommended by the city health department in a move to protect the children from inhaling particulate matters from the burned garbage dump.

The Bureau of Fire Protection has declared full control of the fire Thursday after four days when the garbage dump was on fire. However, the fire is eating the inner portion of the garbage dump which prompted Calajunan dumpsite in-charge, Engineer Niel Ravena to put soil cover of the burned area.

The smoke-affected schools are the Ramon Avanceña Comprehensive High School, Melchor Nava National High School, Severo Abeto Elementary School in Barangay Sooc, Mandurriao Elementary School, Arevalo Elementary School, and the private school Sto. Niño Parish Elementary School as smoke engulfed the school rooms and grounds.

Most children and teachers complained of restricted breathing, dizziness and asthma as smoke continues to ravage the nearby areas of the dumpsite.

On the other hand, the dumpsite official assured that dumping of new garbage collected every day is not hampered by the fire and the fresh garbage are being dumped on the other side.

Mabilog said the more than 20-year-old city dumpsite at Barangay Calajunan in Mandurriao district is being prepared for conversion into a sanitary landfill starting this year.

Some 10 hectares are to be developed into a P300 million sanitary landfill project in fulfillment of requirements by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the World Bank.

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