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Batching plant task force to complete findings by September

BAGUIO CITY August 29 – The task force created by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan to investigate the alleged controversial operation of the Camp 7 batching plant will be able to complete its findings and recommendations on the actions to be taken by city officials in relation to the alleged questionable operation of the environmentally critical business within September.

City Environment and parks Management officer Cordelia C. Lacsamana admitted the task force was able to formulate its preliminary report during its first wave of inspections but they reportedly stopped their monitoring activities when lawyers of the Camp 7 batching plant owner wrote them regarding the pending cases relative to the said issue.

However, she added that the task force will continue the conduct of their monitoring activities after the celebration of the Baguio Charter Day to allow their personnel to install the appropriate monitoring equipment to test the various aspects of the batching plant's operation prior to finalizing its findings and recommendations that will be submitted to the local chief executive for appropriate action.

Mayor Domogan underscored it is clear in the decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) that Ordinance No. 43, series of 2007 was constitutional from the start and that the appellate court even dissolved the temporary restraining order and the writ of preliminary injunction issued by the lower court against the implementation of the ordinance.

Further, the CA ruled that the local government has to prove during a full blown trial in the lower court that the operation of the Camp 7 batching plant poses a threat to the health of the people and the environment and that its operation is a nuisance in the area considering that it is located within a residential area.

The local chief executive explained it is clear in the CA decision that there is a need for the city to substantiate the complaints of residents in the place that the operation of the Camp 7 batching plant is hazardous to their health and the environment and that it is also a nuisance in the area, thus, the need for the concerned offices to conduct the necessary monitoring activities to prove the veracity of the complaints.

"We do not understand why the owner of the batching plant refuses to comply with his previous commitment to transfer the operation of the facility to a place outside the city. It seems that he is just trying to house the case that he filed to delay and even not fulfil his commitment which should not be the case," Domogan stressed.

The members of the task force include the City Environment and Parks Management officer, the City Engineer, the City Building official, the City Health officer and the City Legal officer.

He claimed city officials continue to receive verbal complaints from residents living in the surrounding communities on the alleged nuisance that the operation of the batching plant causes to them, thus, they have even threatened to file the appropriate charges against concerned officials for their failure to implement the appropriate regulations to warrant the closure of the batching plant the soonest that is why the task force must already finalize their report and submit its findings on recommendations to guide them in whatever actions that will be taken against the operator in the future.

By Dexter A. See

 
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