Fund for improvement of dairy farm waste transfer station okayed

BAGUIO CITY – The City Government will soon implement the improvement of the Dept. of Agriculture property at the Dairy Farm currently being used as waste transfer station after the City Council in a special session last May 25 approved the realignment of the P11.5 million budget for the project.

The move contained in Ordinance No. 70 series of 2018 was prompted by the request of Mayor Mauricio Domogan dated May 21 for the realignment of said fund due to the urgent need to improve the site to meet the standards set for waste transfer stations by the Environmental Management Bureau of the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources and the Dept. of Agriculture.

The City has been using the DA property as a transfer station where the garbage collected from the various barangays are transferred to trucks for transport to the engineered sanitary landfill in Urdaneta, Pangasinan for five months now after DA Secretary Emmanuel Pinol approved the mayor's request.

To make the area operational, the City Engineer's Office instituted repairs and remedial measures but these were all temporary.

To undertake the required improvement, the mayor asked the City Council "that a portion of the continuing appropriation for site development of an ESL in the amount of (P11.5 million) be converted to the improvement of the Dairy Farm transfer station."

"Through the years, we have accumulated appropriations for our Solid Waste Management Program from the continuing appropriations under the 20 percent Development Fund (and) under the CY 2014 Annual Budget, we have earmarked an amount for a proposed Site Development of an ESL (which) was not utilized in said year," the mayor said.

He said the Local Finance Committee certified to the availability of said fund for the purpose which both the City Engineering Office and the General Services Office have justified as a priority project.

The City Engineer also prepared a program of work for the project amounting to P11.5 million.

The mayor said Pinol has promised to cede the area measuring five hectares out of the 92-hectare property of the DA to the City Government for its use.

The City Government undertook the survey of the land and started completing the requirements to facilitate its transfer. – Aileen P. Refuerzo

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