BINMALEY, Pangasinan, July 8 (PNA) — The garbage problem in the town of Binmaley is now finally over following the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the municipality and the city of Urdaneta, owner of the only sanitary landfill so far built in Pangasinan.
Mayor Simplicio Rosario confirmed to the media he signed the MOA on July 6 with Urdaneta City Mayor Amadeo Perez IV that would allow Binmaley to dump its garbage at the Urdaneta Sanitary Landfill but would pay a tipping fee of still unspecified amount.
Binmaley is generating wastes at the rate of five tons a day which it was previously dumping on a portion of the Andres Malong Philippine Army reservation in San Isidro Norte, Binmaley until the Army filed a complaint before the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office.
PENRO, headed by Leduina Co, issued a cease-and-desist order to the municipality, stopping it from further dumping garbage at the Army reservation and at the same to also rehabilitate the site.
Binmaley did not contest the order.
Rosario said that following Binmaley’s arrangement with Urdaneta City, the town is now building a functional Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Barangay Tombor which seeks to convert wastes into organic fertilizer to be used in gardens and farms.
He said he was already starting the facility in 2010 but he lost in his reelection bid and that the next mayor did not continue with the project.
When he came back as mayor in 2013, he had to continue the practice of the past town administration of using a portion of the military reservation as a dump site for failure of his predecessor to provide one for the town. (PNA)