Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista on Wednesday asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to reopen the Payatas dump and allow the city government to use it until December.
Bautista said the city has “done well in taking care of the engineered sanitary landfill in Barangay Payatas.”
The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) ordered the temporary closure of the dumpsite early this month
to review the environmental clearance certificate (ECC) and to prevent “trash slides.”
“I don’t know if they have made a comparative study of Payatas, Vitas (Tondo, Manila) and Rodriguez, Rizal. But
I think the Quezon City engineered sanitary landfill facility was managed very well compared to the other two,” Bautista said.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and city officials discussed the impending shutdown of the Payatas dumpsite on Monday.
Frederika Rentoy, head of the city’s Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department, said the city government asked the DENR to keep the dump open for two more months.
“At least for the next two months buksan ito para makapag-clean up at makapag-prepare ang mga logistics namin for the closure (We hope they would open it so that we can hold a clean-up and prepare our logistics for the closure),” Rentoy said.
She said the city needs bigger trucks because garbage collected in the city are being dumped in Rodriguez, Rizal. At least 700 QC garbage trucks carry the city’s garbage to Rodriguez.