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Bulacan sanitary landfill road repair to take 2 weeks: DPWH

July 26, 2019 - Friday 9:07 AM by PNA

Article Banner Image INSPECTION. Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Commissioner Greco Belgica (with vest) and DPWH 2nd Engineering District head by Engr. Ramiro Cruz (right) lead the inspection of the controversial road in Barangay Paradise 3, City of San Jose Del Monte on Tuesday (July 23, 2019). Photo by Manny Balbin

CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, Bulacan – The rehabilitation and repair of the controversial Igay Road in Barangay Paradise 3 here leading to the sanitary landfill in neighboring Norzagaray town will be finished in 14 days, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Engineer Ramiro Cruz, head of the DPWH Bulacan 2nd Engineering District, said the repair of the road leading to the Wacuman Sanitary Landfill in Norzagaray town started last Saturday and it could be used by motorists within the next two weeks.

Cruz, together with Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Greco Belgica, inspected the said road Tuesday afternoon to personally determine its status.

The road was closed due to severe damage last May 24 which was blamed for the worsened garbage problem in this province.

Since its closure, 15 local government units and other private entities were forced to look for alternate sanitary landfills outside Bulacan that are more expensive to maintain due to higher transport and dumping fees.

Belgica said the office of President Rodrigo Duterte has received numerous complaints and requests for an immediate road repair in order to address the mounting garbage problem in the province.

“By contacting the DPWH, which has jurisdiction to construct it, road repair started last Saturday and is expected to finish after 14 days,” he said.

Belgica added that many complaints have been reported over unregulated wastes in different towns of Bulacan.

“If there is a problem in this road, there is a proper forum that will address the complaint,” the PACC commissioner said.

Earlier, the local government unit of Norzagaray denied issuing a business permit to Wacuman Sanitary Landfill despite the issuance of an environmental clearance certificate by the DENR and a legal case is now being resolved in court.

This as officials of the City of San Jose Del Monte claimed that the sanitary landfill violates environment laws, causing pollution of the river system due to effluents spilling through waterways.

Darwin David, provincial director of DILG-Bulacan, pointed out that the construction of the Wacuman Sanitary Landfill is based on a special law, specifically Presidential Proclamation 1655.

The said law “declaring the sanitary landfill disposal facility located in Sitio Tiyakad, Barangay San Mateo, Norzagaray, Bulacan, as an alternative waste disposal facility of the municipalities and cities of Bulacan, Metro Manila, and nearby areas” was signed on October 28, 2008 by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Section 3 of the said law states that "the Department of Public Works and Highways shall supervise the maintenance of public roads in the vicinity of the sanitary landfill to facilitate the smooth operation and delivery of waste disposal services,” David said.