SC orders Cebu City to shut down Inayawan landfill

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The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Cebu city government to stop dumping waste at the Inayawan landfill.

The SC has also ordered the city government to rehabilitate the landfill.

In its decision, the SC said there is merit to grant the Write of Kalikasan filed by petitioner Councilor Joel Garganera.

“The court is convinced from the evidence on record that the respondent (Joel Garganera) has sufficiently established the aforementioned requirements for the grant of the privilege of the Writ of Kalikasan. The record discloses that the city government’s resumption of the garbage dumping operations at the Inayawan landfill has raised serious environmental concerns,” the High Court said.

Garganera said the landfill has outgrown its usefulness.

He also said the Inayawan landfill threatens the area’s balanced ecology.