• Did you know where Anvaya Cove throws its trash?

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    Thelma Dumpit-Murillo

    Thelma Dumpit-Murillo

    I have always admired Ayala Land as a developer. One can just take a look around and see the many beautiful projects it has come up with. One of them is Anvaya Cove in Morong, Bataan with homes costing at least 50 million pesos each, I was told. The development has been fast in the last five years and a new community of the rich is fast rising. But while the people in the area are grateful for the jobs Ayala Land has created out of this project, the people in the other side of Morong in Sitio 12, Brgy. Mabayo in particular are not too happy about it.

    I was informed by some of the locals in the area that this is where Anvaya Cove dumps its trash and has been doing so for the last three years at least. Ayala Land is doing this? Isn’t Ayala responsible company, environmental protection one of its CSR projects? I could not believe it could do such a thing— throw its trash in an area that seems to have been converted into an open dumpsite, an act violative of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. Section 2 of the law states Specific Prohibition Against the Use of Open Dumps for Solid Waste.

    No open dumps shall be established and operated, nor any practice or disposal of solid waste by any person, including LGUs, which constitutes the use of open dumps for solid waste, be allowed after the effectivity of the Act; Provided, that within three (3) years after the effectivity of the Act, every LGU shall convert its open dumps into controlled dumps; Provided, further, that no controlled dumps shall be allowed five (5) years following effectivity of the Act. In order to facilitate the Act’s requirement that LGUs convert their open dumps into controlled dumps, the Commission, shall direct the Department in collaboration with DILG, to formulate a staged-compliance program.

    Violation of this provision carries a penalty of imprisonment of a minimum period of one year with fines up to one million pesos. But what is alarming is that the dumpsite sits on the slopes of a hill by a river that is the source of water for the residents there and that is another violation with separate penalties. And now that the rains have come with all the toxic juices flowing to the river and seeping thru the ground, this can only affect adversely the water table of Morong. How could you, Ayala if this is true? And how could the local government of Morong allow this to happen with total disregard for the environment and the people?

    And how did I discover this? Through the flies that welcomed my presence when I came to visit one day.

    It is amazing how many fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) find their way to a rotting apple. It is known that insects are able to detect the slightest concentrations of odor molecules, especially pheromones, but also “food signals.” \l “jCp”http://phys. org/news/2013-03-transistor-antenna-insect-odorant-receptors. html#jCp

    On the other hand, the housefly (Musca domestica) is one of the flies that is commonly referred to as the filth or garbage fly. These flies have earned this classification based on their egg-laying sites, which consist of offal, decaying organic material and corpses. While garbage flies play a vital role in breaking down dead matter, their feeding habits make them incredibly unsanitary, especially if they are present in large numbers.

    Filth flies begin their four-phase life cycle when a fertilized female fly finds a suitable location for laying her eggs. As their name implies, filth or garbage fly populations require decomposing organic material to develop. In homes, they may lay their eggs in garbage cans, neglected food or the body of a small, dead animal such as a mouse or bird.

    Eggs hatch into legless larvae known as maggots. Maggots feed on decaying organic matter, storing enough nutrition to last them through their upcoming pupal stage. Larvae than leave their egg sites to find dry, dark locations within which to develop small, brown cases, called puparia. Pupation lasts several days, depending on species and conditions, during which time larvae grow legs, wings and compound eyes. The fly then emerges as an adult and is ready to feed and reproduce in a matter of hours to days.

    This is definitely another disaster waiting to happen. One which Ayala Land can ill—afford at this time after that recent Serendra blast and the Glorietta incident of memory. But something stinks and I can smell it a mile away!
    God is Great!

    thelmadm@yahoo.com

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    1. Have the people of Mabayo demonstrate at the headquarters of Ayala Land, and they should not stop until they correct this injustice.

      This has to be fixed and fixed fast!