ISWDF needs 10 hectares to fully operate

BAGUIO CITY – General Services Office head Romeo Concio on Thursday said the city’s Integrated Solid Waste Disposal Facility (ISWDF) needs an additional eight hectares to fully operate.

Concio confirmed that the terminal report of the Technical Working Group (TWG) tasked by Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan to assess and evaluate the parcel offered by Benguet Corporation (BenguetCorp) for the city’s ISWDF has been submitted to the chief executive.

Concio, who also heads the TWG, said the parcel of land is about 2.1 hectares and was the Antamok open pit mine site of BenguetCorp.

In the report, the TWG found the land to be too small for the establishment of the ISWDF and recommended that a 10-hectare parcel is most appropriate for the facility.

Concio said a letter has already been sent to the administrators of BenguetCorp signed by the mayor.

Concio added that the land area was one of the concerns being looked into by the TWG.

There are small scale miners in the area and a few informal settlers which, according to Concio, may be relocated if there is a site available to be provided for by the mining company.

Earlier, BenguetCorp offered the use of its open pit site in Antamok, Itogon, Benguet for the establishment of the city’s ISWDF in order to help solve the city’s garbage disposal problem.

The City Government of Baguio, the Municipal Government of Itogon and BenguetCorp entered into a tripartite memorandum of understanding for the initial conduct of assessment and evaluation of the property whether or not it will be feasible to put up an integrated solid waste disposal facility in the area.

“The city will definitely pursue the establishment of its own solid waste disposal facility to solve the garbage disposal problem of the local government that is eating up a huge portion of its annual budget for the hauling of garbage to the Capas Engineered Sanitary Landfill in Capas, Tarlac,” Concio said. Jojo Lamaria/PNA/