ESL In Ampucao Gets Boost

BAGUIO CITY – Things are looking up for the planned establishment of a multi-purpose waste disposal system and engineered sanitary landfill in Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet as town officials last week signified their support to the project.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Monday said Itogon Mayor Oscar Camantiles signed the joint manifestation of support to the project disproving earlier reports of the town head's alleged dissenting position.

Ampucao barangay captain Eddie Amuasen also signed the manifestation which was forwarded to Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan also for his signature.

Domogan who was also one of the signatories, said the document will facilitate the issuance of the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for the project which was snagged recently after reports of Camantiles' alleged withdrawal of support to the project.

"With Mayor Camantiles' support, I hope the concerned agencies will now proceed to process and issue the requirements for the project," the mayor said.

The project will be undertaken by a Korean company and is intended to serve Itogon and other Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) areas.

In the joint manifestation, the officials acknowledged the "urgent need of a Solid Waste Disposal System that is responsive to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 to serve Itogon, Benguet and the other BLISTT members interested to utilize the same subject to the terms and conditions that will later on be agreed by the users."

It also signified barangay Ampucao's willingness to host the waste disposal facility.

"The undersigned persons believe that immediate implementation of the said project is an urgent need that shall mutually benefit the people of BLISTT," the manifesto reads.

"(We) manifest (our) support for the immediate establishment and implementation of a Multi-purpose Waste Disposal System and an Engineered Sanitary Landfill in Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet and enjoin the support of their respective constituents for the success of the said project."

The Ampucao ESL is one of the long-term solutions eyed by the city government for its waste problem.

The mayor said he is also pursuing talks for a possible tie-up on the establishment of another ESL in La Trinidad. He said the city is negotiating with Fongwan and La Trinidad Mayor Gregorio Abalos to allow the city to use the facility as the city is willing to pay tipping fees.

The facility is expected to be finished in two months and Domogan is hopeful that the Benguet officials will be receptive to the city's proposal.

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