MALOLOS CITY: The Provincial Government of Bulacan will not allow the shipment of trash from Cana-da to be dumped in Bulacan landfills, its local chief executive said.
Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado said that if the trash is disposed in the province, this would be a health risk to local residents as well as Manila residents.
There are 20 container vans of garbage, which were part of the 50 vans seized by the Bureau of Cus-toms (BoC) in 2013 and declared as condemned, that are earmarked for disposal in Bulacan.
“If other places did not accept it, the province of Bulacan will not accept it too, because our mountains, (our water) aquifer, serve the drinking supply needs of Metro Manila,” Alvarado told The Manila Times in an interview. “That’s too wild and that will not be allowed in the province of Bulacan.”
On the other hand, Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines Neil Reeder said he is amenable with the proposal that Congress investigate the matter to find the best solutions.
Reeder, who is in Iloilo City to attend a two-day meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) on Infrastructure and Capital Market Financing, admitted he is not privy to the shipment agreement between a private firm in Canada and the national government regarding garbage now rot-ting at the BoC container yard in the Port area.
Earlier, the provincial government of Tarlac stopped the dumping of the garbage in Metro Clark Waste Management Corp. pending an investigation on the nature of the imported waste.
If Tarlac insists on its stand, the BoC said, it may look for alternate dumping site for the trash, including the sanitary landfill in Norzagaray, Bulacan. Angat Dam, which supplies 97 percent of Metro Manila’s water needs, is also located in Norzagaray.
Governor Alvarado also noted that the province itself also have problems in its waste management program, which the provincial government should prioritize.
“We have a Sangguniang Panlalawigan resolution which states that for the meantime, only trash from Bulacan will be accepted in our landfills. We are still working out to allow the trash in Metro Manila (to be disposed) in our province, so we cannot allow the trash from Canada,” he said.
There are at least two sanitary landfills in Bulacan: the Wacuman Inc. sanitary landfill in Brgy. San Mateo, Norzagaray and the Obando Engineered Sanitary Landfill of Ecoshield Development Corpora-tion in Obando, both of which claims having state of the art waste disposal facility.