Construction of La Castellana sanitary landfill in full swing

La Castellana Mayor Rhummyla Nicor-Mangilimutan (7th from left) with local officials and the newly acquired dump trucks and heavy equipment.

By Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Mayor Rhummyla Nicor-Mangilimutan of La Castellana, Negros Occidental said on Thursday that the construction of the town’s sanitary landfill is in full swing and will be fully operational in six months.

Mangilimutan revealed the information during the blessing of several dump trucks and heavy equipment in front of the municipal hall.

The pieces of heavy equipment will be used in operating the sanitary landfill.

The town borrowed money from the Land Bank of the Philippines for the establishment of the sanitary landfill to comply with Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Management Act 2000 and was given a credit limit of P456 million.

The town initially availed a loan of P170 million from the credit line to be utilized for the landfill (P48 million), electricity and road concreting (P22 million), and vehicles and equipment (P100 million).

The loan is on top of the P30 million given by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson for the implementation of the town’s solid waste management program.

The sanitary landfill will be located on an 11-hectare property in Brgy. Manghanoy which the local government purchased.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has already approved the site and purchase of equipment.