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Thanks to Niņa Catherine Calleja, Maricar Cinco for this very informative news....
Please continue reading this section all the way to the bottom to see the latest news regarding landfill problem happen in San Mateo Rizal. Dated: 8-9-09

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September 20, 2008 09:48AM PHT

Ternateňos Hit Local Officials for Approving Waste Landfill

By Ternate Against Landfill Association (TALA)

TERNATE, Cavite- Concerned citizens of Ternate and different ecogroups condemned the decision of local officials to approve and build a proposed provincial landfill for Cavite within the watershed area of this town.

“We are shocked and saddened by the decision of our government leaders. Ternateňos have opposed this project from the very beginning and instead of safeguarding the will of the people, our leaders chose to be deaf and continue to pursue this environmentally-destructive project,” said Engr. Ronaldo de Vera of the multi-sectoral Ternate Against Landfill Association (TALA).

Keywords: Communities, Direct Action, Environment, Human Rights, Social Issues, Government, Health,

The proposed 'sanitary' landfill will be built in Barangay Sapang I, a site identified by the Local Water Utilities Authority (LUWA) as part of the ground water basin area of the town. The landfill is also within the buffer zone of Mt. Palay palay/ Mataas na Gulod Natural Park, home to some of the country's endemic and endangered species of fauna and flora.

The proposed landfill will cater to mixed wastes from the different municipalities and cities of the province. It is being spearheaded by Cavite Governor Ayong Maliksi and EnvironSave, the private company who will build and operate the said facility.

Opposition of the residents of Ternate on the said waste disposal facility has been very evident in past public consultations for the said waste disposal project, the latest of which was called for by the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) last August 27, 2008.

More than 300 residents, youth, teachers and students of Ternate and nearby towns trooped to the town's covered court to express their opposition to the local officials who facilitated the said public consultation which includes Ternate Mayor Conrado Lindo.

“We also gave them copies of petitions signed by more than 12,000 residents of Ternate,” said de Vera.

Despite of this, SB passed a resolution approving the landfill project on September 4 and this was hastily signed by Lindo last September 8. Three months ago, Mayor Lindo was the number one opponent of the said landfill project.

“Landfills are failed technologies and it is not an ecological solution to garbage woes. It produces toxic chemicals such as leachate and will contaminate the ground and surface water. Waste disposal facilities are also major contributors of methane gas which significantly increase global warming,” said Ochie Tolentino, coordinator of the Cavite Green Coalition.

“Landfills are a private business with millions of investments. To recover the cost and earn profit, landfill operators need more garbage. Escape of toxic substance may come either through negligence, non-compliance of the operator or natural deterioration of the facility,” said Tolentino.

“Instead of continuously adopting quick, expensive but destructive solutions to garbage such as collect-and-dump management, local leaders should start capacitating their barangays and stakeholders to implement ecological solid waste management. Decentralization of management and segregation at source are the key factors as shown by hundreds of cities and municipalities around the world that gained major steps towards advancing zero waste solutions,” said Rei Panaligan, coordinator of EcoWaste Coalition.

“Our local leaders failed us but we will continue to oppose this project to ensure that our children will continue to live in a healthy environment,” said de Vera.

For more information, please contact Engr. Ronaldo de Vera of TALA at 0916-6917477 or Rei of the EcoWaste Coalition at 9290376 or 0920-9062348.

Thanks to James Konstantin Galvez for this very informative news.
Monday, August 10, 2009
This news from Manila Times, justified how the Ternate Landfill would cause a disaster in any which way, either artificially or natural cause is still a problem.
Pakibasa na lang ang pahayag ni Ginoong James na kanyang buong katapatan na inilathala sa isang malaya at mapapagkatiwalaang pahayagan sa Pilipinas.
By: Andy R. Huerto
Ynarez orders tighter security around landfill
Gov. Casimiro Ynares III of Rizal ordered the implementation of stricter physical security measures around the 19-hectare Rizal Provincial Landfill in Rodriguez, Rizal amid concerns that a recent collapse of a large portion of the facility may have been caused by “sabotage.”
Governor Ynares also ordered a temporary halt to all quarrying and small-mining operations in the vicinity of the landfill until “it has been ruled out that the use of explosives in these nearby operations did not cause the recent damage to the landfill.”
Ynares issued the directives after a comprehensive briefing conducted by representatives from the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) and the Mines and Geosciences Board (MGB), both of DENR who are currently looking into what may have caused a portion of the landfill to collapse.
The provincial chief executive said he is satisfied with the ongoing study of the said agencies, which are part of a multipartite committee tasked to come up with a comprehensive report on what may have caused the incident and to study measures to prevent a repeat of the July 30 incident.
The committee is also looking into possibilities that water saturation caused by heavy rainfall in the area days before the incident may have caused the collapse of a portion of the landfill. The possibility has also been raised that vibrations may have triggered the incident.
“Until the angle of sabotage or ground vibrations from the use of explosives in nearby operations caused the collapse of a portion of the landfill have been ruled out, I have directed all concerned to ensure that tighter security measures around the facility are in place,” he said.
Ynares, also pointed out “the possibility that political motives may be behind the incident has also not yet been ruled out.”
Governor Ynares explained “the continuing use of the provincial landfill as a political issue by some dictate that the political angle to the incident be thoroughly probed.”
He said he is also interested in the recommendations that the multipartite committee is slated to come up with the recommendations are expected to include measures to address the vulnerabilities of the present design of the landfill.
-- James Konstantin Galvez

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