Panabo City Mayor James Gamao has led the groundbreaking and capsule-laying ceremony of the second sanitary landfill (SLF) in Davao del Norte.
The 10.3 – hectare landfill is located at Purok 5, Brgy. Waterfall Panabo City.
“This very important project will greatly help our city as it is mandated through Republic Act 9003,” the outgoing mayor said.
Contrary to speculations, he said the area will be used as a sanitary landfill and not for relocation site purposes.
R.A. 9003, otherwise known as the “Solid Waste Management Act of 2000,” seeks to implement a systematic, comprehensive and ecological solid waste management program in the country.
Phase I of the construction is set to start this month and the landfill is expected to be operational on or before December 2019.
“This will be the second SLF to be implemented in the province of Davao del Norte since Samal City has established its own in 2016,” said Asst. City Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) Engr. Oliver Oriol.
The city, with its 40 barangays, generates 60 tons of residual wastes per day. These wastes include plastics and other non-biodegradable wastes.
Currently, these wastes go to the city’s controlled dumpsite in Brgy. New Malitbog. The city will initiate the closure of the controlled dumpsite when the sanitary landfill becomes operational.