Lapu-Lapu to spend P1.5 M on waste facility for Olango Island

September 7, 2010 10:09 am 

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Sept. 7 – The Lapu-Lapu City Government will build a P1.5-million material recovery facility (MRF) in Olango Island, not only to comply with the Solid Waste Management Act, but to protect the island’s eco system.

The island, host to 11 barangays, has marine sanctuaries and a 900-hectare bird sanctuary that have made the place popular among nature lovers.

Lapu-Lapu Tourism Commission chairman Damian Gomez said the construction of MRF is needed because the volume of waste thrown into the sea is enough to damage the island’s marine life and undermine the tourism value of Olango’s ecosystem.

He said the P1.5 million was a portion of the P11.10 million that former mayor now Rep. Arturo Radaza (Cebu, 7th district) had requested in July last year for infrastructure projects in Olango.

Gomez was then the finance committee chairman in the council when the budget was approved.

Of the amount, P1.60 million represents a portion of the city’s Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) this year, while P0.50 million is unspent funds in 2008 through a separate ordinance.

The realigned amount was supposed to finance a drainage project and a lot acquisition for a police outpost in Barangay Maribago which were later considered unnecessary and had to be canceled.

”Beaches in Olango island should be protected from being damaged by indiscriminate dumping of waste because they attract foreign and local tourists,” Gomez said.

He said the release of the funds awaits Mayor Paz Radaza’s approval.

Gomez said while the city is determined to protect the abundance of its marine life, the City Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council lacks a motorboat to patrol the city’s waters.

He said lack of a common dumpsite also forced Olango residents to dump household wastes in open areas to be washed into the sea during high tide. (PNA)

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