City gov’t: Pampang garbage station out in 2 months

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government here has vowed that the solid waste transfer station in Barangay Pampang will be removed and transferred to a more appropriate site within two months.

This was announced by Angeles City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Wednesday.

"As promised by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan in his recent state of the city address, the transfer station in Pampang, which understandably has been eliciting adverse reactions from nearby residents, will be finally transferred, as formally decided upon by the Angeles City Solid Waste Management Board in a meeting Tuesday (August 12)," Pangilinan said.


He said the mayor ordered the clearing of the transfer station within two weeks.

He said that the contractor will be sending more trucks to make 50 trips per day to transfer the garbage to the Kalangitan sanitary landfill in Tarlac.

"We would like to clarify, however, that the transfer station in Pampang is not an open dumpsite. It is a temporary repository of the garbage coming from the different barangays before these waste materials are hauled to the sanitary landfill by the solid waste contractor," he said.

He added that a transfer station, which was established in 2007, is authorized under Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, which defines it as a facility designated to receive, sort, process and store compostable and recyclable materials.

Pangilinan said that the City Government will be more strict in its waste segregation program by accepting only residual wastes from the barangays effective October 15, 2014.

"The barangays will henceforth be responsible for the management of their recyclable and biodegradable wastes," he said.

"The City Government spends about P100 million a year only for garbage disposal, and we are targeting to reduce it by half and instead use the funds for other social services programs," Pangilinan added.

The Guardians Brotherhood International has reportedly distanced itself from Sonny Dobles, who claims to be a leader of the Guardian Brotherhood International Unified Command.

“We are just as concerned about the environment, but Mr. Dobles has never consulted us about his actions. We do not know that he is supposed to be a leader of our organization,” said Christopher Guevarra, chapter founder of the Guardians Brotherhood Inc. – North and “national wing” vice president Guardians International District.

Dobles, claiming to represent the Guardians, has threatened to file a complaint against the City Government before the Ombudsman for violation of RA 9003 because of the transfer station in Pampang.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 14, 2014.

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