To dump or not to dump

To be or not to be — that is the question…before.

Now, to dump or not to dump at Barangay Acbo in Sigma has been the question in the last few months.

Our Capiz Times Facebook page has been flooded with comments and private messages about people responding to the issue.

Some say that they are against the project because the Capiz Provincial Government is turning the barangay into a sanitary landfill.

A sanitary landfill per se is a place where garbage and waste are strategically dumped until they can cover it.

But the provincial government said that they are converting the land into a material recovery facility which converts garbage and waste to reusable stuff like fertilizer, among other things, and use the rest of the space for other purposes such as an ecopark or an airport or the new location of the Provincial Capitol, according to Provincial Administrator.

P25 million was allocated by the administration of then governor Antonio Del Rosario for the purchase of the lot and some P30-million for the purchase of the technology needed for the facility from the Environment Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

In an interview with The Capiz Times, Provincial Administrator Edwin Monares said that Sigma was chosen as the place for the facility as it is at the central part of Capiz which makes the transit of garbage and waste from the different parts of Capiz more efficient.

I say people must take more time to learn the difference between a plain old landfill and a material recovery facility as having such a facility in Capiz will help in reducing land and water pollution and would provide livelihood opportunities for others.*