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Camiguin operates own sanitary landfillJanuary 11, 2013

By Jorie C. Valcorza

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, Jan 11 (PIA) –A multi-million waste disposal facility was launched here on Monday in time for its 45th founding anniversary. 

Dubbed the Camiguin Solid Waste Sanitary Landfill Management and Research Development Project (CS2MRDP), the facility was established to ensure a sustainable garbage management system in the island, as well as, facilitate research development studies on waste utilization technologies. 

The 5-hectare sanitary landfill houses waste processing facility, laboratory, materials recovery facility, municipal/residual waste disposal cell, and hospital and hazardous waste cell. The landfill costs about P25.30 million. 

CS2MRDP is partly funded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) through its winnings in the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF). The PCF award made the province P7 million richer for winning the Seal of Good Housekeeping Award (SGH) in year 2011. Apart from this, local counterpart fund came from the P5-million support fund, and the P3-million Gawad Pamana ng Lahi 2012 Regional Cash Award. 

The Province has yet to receive the cash award for the SGH 2012. 

In his message during the opening ceremony, Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo assured his constituents that no garbage from the facility will pollute the beaches. 

“The landfill we developed in barangay Benhaan of Mambajao town is the only part of the province found to prevent possible water spill,” the governor added. 

The facility will serve the entire island-province and will be soon expanding with an additional 10-hectare service area. 

This collective effort, according to the governor, is real manifestation of their move towards equitable and sustainable development in good governance. (JCV/PIA 10)

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