by Harley F. Palangchao
Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan said Wednesday the survey in the 130-hectare city lot at Sto. Tomas Proper is just the start of the process in determining if the site is feasible for an integrated solid waste management system (ISWMS).
Domogan, during his meeting with Sto. Tomas Proper residents, also explained the conduct of a perimeter survey aims to establish the metes and bounds of the city-owned lot so that the city will know the best efforts to be extended to affected residents.
Wednesday’s meeting was a tensed one as many of those present objected to the planned ISWMS but not until the mayor explained that series of consultations will be scheduled if the site is found feasible for the project.
The 130-hectare property was once an ancestral land claim of the Cariño clan, which was sold to the family of former Mayor Gene de Guia.
The de Guias later donated the lot to the city government.
The city government, in turn, designated 50 hectares of the 130-hectare property as a site for the ISWMS.
Some residents raised concerns on pollution and possible disaster like the trash slide that occurred at the Irisan dump two years ago.
The city mayor, however, assured the residents the city will not push with the planned ISWMS project if the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and National Solid Waste Management Commission declare the proposed site not feasible.
Concerned residents with adverse claims are also welcome to present documents, especially those claiming to have been in the area since birth.
In case the proposed project is declared feasible, Domogan said the road going to the site will be improved as part of the initial works to be implemented.
He added concerned residents will also choose their representatives who will work closely with the technical working committee to be formed if the project will push through.