Construction of Urdaneta sanitary landfill kicks off this January

January 7, 2010 11:02 pm 

URDANETA CITY, Jan. 7 —-Construction of a 16-hectare modern sanitary landfill in Barangay Catablan here is due to start by the end of this month, according to the city government.

Mayor Amadeo Perez Jr. said the project costs P220 million, which amount was obtained by the city government last year from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

Of the amount, P190 million is set for the landfill structure, P20 million for land acquisition and P10 million for the construction of a road leading to the dumpsite.

There are 10 hectares of land to be acquired, plus the existing open dump site of the city of more than six hectares in that barangay.

A very transparent transaction, it is the contractor of the project that will draw the money from LBP upon the submission of request for payment of the city government, depending on the contractor’s percentage of accomplishment, Perez said.

The project, which will be completed in four to five months, will impound all wastes from eight barangays of the city, including the city proper and the market which reaches 80 to 85 tons a day.

If completed, Urdaneta City will be the first local government unit in Pangasinan to have complied with the provision of Republic Act 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act.

Good for five to eight years but with provision for expansion, the sanitary landfill may accommodate garbage from adjacent municipalities but would be charged fixed fees per ton of garbage to be dumped.

According to Perez, the old dumpsite will be abandoned and planted with trees and vegetables so that if the first 10 hectare landfill site would be filled, the same would be a ready expansion site.

The sanitary landfill of Urdaneta is being patterned from the sanitary landfill being constructed in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

A material recovery facility will also be built in the area in order to recover recycle materials for other uses. (PNA) LOR/Lvm/lvmicua/rma

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