QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Baustista has asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to allow the city government to manage the dumping areas that will be made available to them.
In a meeting with Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and his officials last Monday, Bautista said that the city has done well in taking care of the engineered sanitary landfill in Barangay Payatas and that it is very much willing to take over the management of the two other landfills in Vitas, Tondo and Rodriguez, Rizal.
The QC government and the DENR convened to discuss the impending total shutdown of the Payatas landfill by the end of the year.
“I don’t know if they have made a comparative study of Payatas, Vitas (Tondo, Manila) and Rodriguez, Rizal. But, I think the Quezon City engineered sanitary landfill facility was managed very well compared to the other two.
“Moving forward by next year, kung kami magtatapon na sa Vitas at Rodriguez, we are hoping that we will also be able to manage Vitas and Rodriguez para hindi rin umapaw ang basura,” Mayor Bautista said.
Garbage collection in Quezon City continues round-the-clock despite the temporary closure of the Payatas landfill.
The waste facility was ordered closed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority last July 27 due to heavy rains as haulers were having difficulty maneuvering in the area.
The Payatas dump is due for closure at the end of the year.
Quezon City has been preparing for this eventuality although it has appealed for its re-opening.
“Sinabi ni Mayor na kung puwede, we are appealing na kung hindi ipapa-reopen ang Payatas hanggang December 31, at least for the next two months buksan ito para makapag-clean up at makapag-prepare, ang logistics namin for the closure. We’re looking at the December 31 deadline,” QC Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department chief Frederika Rentoy said.