Binaliw Landfill Stench Reaches Nearby Town’s Village

A barangay councilman said the foul smell from a controversial sanitary landfill in an upland village has already reached the adjacent village in Consolacion town in northern Cebu.

Ramil Ayuman, a councilman of Apas village who helped the villagers in Binaliw to file a petition before the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-7) in Central Visayas to close the landfill, said on that residents in Barangay Panoypoy, Consolacion have been complaining about the stench.

Ayuman said a stream that stretches from Binaliw to Panoypoy that used to be a favorite laundry bay for the residents there has already been polluted due to the landfill’s effluent or liquid waste.

Aside from residents and several barangay officials who signed the petition against the landfill owned and managed by ARN Central Waste Management Inc., folks from the neighboring village of Pit-os are also conducting a signature campaign against the firm, Ayuman also said in his Facebook post.

“The Protect Binaliw Movement will not stop in its quest to question the existence of the landfill in the said upland village in this city,” he said.

According to him, he has been active in the movement against the landfill to protect the interest of hundreds of residents who were his former constituents in Apas and who relocated in Binaliw, when their homes were demolished years ago.

He said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-7), through the EMB-7, should look into the plight of the residents in Binaliw, an agricultural village in this city’s hinterland, which is the favorite relocation site for victims of demolition.

The landfill has an existing agreement with the city government of Cebu for the operation of a material recovery facility (MRF).

Environmental compliance officers of the EMB-7 conducted a technical conference at their office in Banilad, Mandaue City on Thursday to hear the complaints filed by the barangay officials of Binaliw, headed by Councilwoman Daisy Ybañez.

Engineer William Cuñado, regional director of EMB-7 said in his invitation letter to Ybañez posted in Ayuman’s social media page that the technical conference was “in relation to the formal complaint you filed at the Office through a letter dated May 27, 2019 against ARN Central Waste Management Incorporated.”

The conference is aimed to reach an agreement between the residents and management of the landfill, he said.

Ayuman said village chief Viviane Ruste did not sign the petition because she is in favor of the landfill operation in the barangay, despite strong opposition from her constituents. (PNA)

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