Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio “Ipe” B. Remollo has allocated a budget of PHP 20.5 Million for the promised sanitary landfills for the Candau-ay Dumpsite Issues. Some lots from Valencia, Dauin, Bacong, Sibulan, and Zamboaguita will be used for the new landfills.
Candau-ay Dumpsite “Smokey Mountain” Issues
The dumpsite in Candau-ay has served the people of Dumaguete for about 15 years. The pile of solid waste has created a mountain range of garbage that emits a sticky smoke from the toxic gas the piles create. As part of the mayor’s project during his administration, the sanitary landfill is surely one of his top priorities.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will be conducting a standard procedure on the different lots and site which will determine the capability of the disposal system construction.
The Technical Working Group (TWG) and the Dumaguete City Mayor said that if ever the lots in Valencia, Dauin, Bacong, Sibulan and Zamboaguita fail to support the solution, the mayor will have to pursue in processing the project to a lot near the Candau-ay – Camanjac area. The smaller lot of only 5 hectares will have to be maximized for the exclusive use of the city.
Segregation as Solution
Dumaguete Mayor along with the members of the Executive Committee of the City Development Council Liga ng mga Barangay President Lionel Banogon, Federation of Senior Citizens Association President George Villamor and Councilor Lilani Ramon, Chairman of the Committee on Finance, Appropriation and Ways and Means are managing the budget for the sanitary landfill project and its qualifications to follow the Ecological Solid Waste Management Law. Seminars and outreach programs will soon be conducted to spread how to SEGREGATE garbage properly.