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Davao City deploying submersible pumps to rid landfill of sludge.

By Yas D. Ocampo

Davao City - Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has authorized the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) to rent submersible pumps to manage the leachate, or sludge, coming from the sanitary landfill at Barangay New Carmen.

In a statement, Carpio said the city government was resorting to renting the equipment despite there being a budget allocating P100 million for more facilities to manage solid waste.

According to her, the Cenro team asked the local government for a replacement submersible pump to manage the leachate from the landfill.

"Sa pagkakaron (As of now), there is no more usable equipment so there's a need to purchase," Carpio said. And to purchase these could take longer, she added.

"The immediate solution is to rent the equipment," Carpio said.

The City Engineer's Office (CEO) and the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) has also coordinated with the Cenro to implement interventions regarding the leachate.

Residents have reported leachates oozing from the sanitary landfill since last week, with the polluted water leaking towards the nearby Pangi Rivers.

Meanwhile, Mayor Duterte said that there would be a need to close down the existing sanitary landfill as a part of a long-term plan.

The city government is also looking for more sanitary landfill sites.

City planners are currently making a shortlist of locations for the new sanitary landfill, but the city is bogged down by environmental requirements and limits.

"Daghan mga areas for consideration, pero dili pa to siya listahan sa specific sites. Daghan didto ang maeliminate kay daghan restrictions kung asa pwede ang landfill according sa balaod (We have many areas for consideration, but these are not yet final lists of specific sites. These will be eliminated because the law has many restrictions on sanitary landfills)," she said.

Duterte assured that the city government was doing its best to manage the situation.

In an interview, Cenro officer in charge Engr. Marivic Reyes said that the city has already deployed backhoes to dig new paths for the liquids coming from the landfill.

The leachates reportedly made their way to the bodies of water because of persistent rains which led the waters away from a previously designed canal.


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Title Annotation:Environment & Nature
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Nov 22, 2017
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