COA hits Tagbilaran for using open dumpsites to dispose of garbage

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The Commission on Audit (COA) has called out the city government of Tagbilaran City, Bohol, for continuing to use open dumpsites to dispose of its garbage.

This was in violation of Sections 17(b) and 37 of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, the COA said in its 2017 annual audit report.

Inspection by auditors last February showed that the dumpsite in Barangay Dampas was open and not secured from trespassers and animals.

Meanwhile, solid wastes dumped into the material recovery facility were not segregated, “indicative of the City’s failure to implement segregation at source.”

The COA noted that a closure plan for the open dumpsite was already passed, but it continued to be used as the plan was not implemented.

It noted that the law only gave a grace period of until 2003 to convert to controlled dumps.

“It has already been seventeen years… yet, the City has not complied with this very important environmental law,” the COA bemoaned.

In response, the city government explained that its residual waste collection was now being transported to a sanitary landfill in Albuquerque, Bohol.

The city argued that it was the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) which refused to grant a permit for the city’s own sanitary landfill because of the porousness of the soil.

The city also said that while garbage collectors were strictly instructed not to accept unsegregated garbage, it could not ignore the waste that would be left in the streets.