July 23, 2024

The city government is continuing the upgrade of the Irisan Eco Park with the second phase of the Post-Closure Stabilization of Irisan Dumpsite (Phase 2) Eco Park.

Engr. Richard Lardizabal of the City Engineering Office-Planning, Programming, and Construction Division said the city government appropriated P25 million for the second phase of the Irisan Eco Park.

The second phase will complete several features of the project such as the arts and craft learning center, plaza/stage, visitors’ area, watchtower (view deck), dap-ay, labyrinth, spartan race, and bamboo trail.

He said the project was pre-bided on March 2022 and the notice to proceed was issued on Aug. 17, 2022. 

However, work was suspended on March 2, 2023 due to unexpected ground settlement, which required design changes based on the actual ground conditions and a thorough survey of the area for design considerations. 

The project resumed on Jan. 9, 2024 with 67.60 percent completion rate as of July 2.

Lardizabal said the city expects the project to be finished within the timetable provided to meet the revised completion date by Oct. 11.

The CEO prepared the design of the eco park, which was culturally-inspired having a dap-ay which is part of the region’s culture where old people meet to discuss and resolve community or tribe issues. 

Bougainvilleas were also planted to create a scenic view along with other flowering plants, “eugenia” tree, which has leaves that have different colors, and bamboos as an added feature to prevent soil erosion, including vetiver grass for slope protection. 

The city government has been working on the transformation of the 5.2-hectare former Irisan dump site into an eco park since 2019 with P18M spent for the first phase.

The conversion of the former Irisan dumpsite into an eco park is part of the commitment of the local government to the Court of Appeals as an offshoot of the temporary environment protection order issued after the filing of an environment case against the city due to the tragic August 2012 trashslide that resulted to death of individuals living below the closed dump facility. – Jessa Mardy Samidan