San Carlos City Shares Eco-Center With Other LGUs

After opening its sanitary landfill to neighboring towns of Calatrava and Toboso, San Carlos City is also sharing it with Escalante City and the Municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto (DSB) with the signing of the Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) this morning.

City Vice-Mayor Renato Y. Gustilo, DSB Mayor Marxlen Dela Cruz and Escalante City representative CENR
Officer Vermont Juvahib signed the MOA at San Carlos City Mayor's Office. (Right) Don Salvador Benedicto
Mayor Laurence Marxlen dela Cruz (rightmost)

The MOA between San Carlos City and Escalante City was signed by Vice-Mayor Renato Gustilo in lieu of City Mayor Gerardo P. Valmayor Jr. who was not around and Escalante City Representative CENRO Officer Vermont Khan Jubahib while the DSB Municipal Mayor Laurence Marxlen Dela Cruz was present for his town.

San Carlos City agreed to become the dumping ground of residual wastes from said places in consideration of its incapacity to immediately build its own sanitary landfill especially DSB.

DSB Mayor Laurence Marxlen Dela Cruz said that aside from lack of budget, DSB has a sensitive ecology since 68% of said place is part of the Northern Negros Natural Park being a forest reserve area and connected to the Bago River watershed which is considered as the water basin for Negros.

Escalante City on the other hand already has an on-going negotiation for sanitary landfill construction after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources cited it for legal action for violation of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

Same with the first two towns Calatrava and Toboso, Escalante City and DSB will pay a tipping fee of P1,000 per cubic meter of segregated solid wastes dumped at the city’s sanitary landfill.

Provision on said MOA includes that San Carlos City has the right to terminate agreement if the other party failed to properly segregate its waste materials, pay the necessary tipping fee for three months and three times that hazardous waste got mixed with those ready for dumping at the eco-center.

Engr. Arthur Batomalaque, Environmental Management Specialist II of the City Environment Management Office (CEMO) said that so far San Carlos City’s wastes combined with those of the first two municipalities of Calatrava and Toboso only used up around 40% of the first cell of the sanitary landfill which can accommodate 3 cells. Said cell was opened since 2007.

Earlier, Engr. Loreto Sanchez, Supervising Environmental Management Specialist and Officer-In-Charge of the City Environment Management Office (CEMO) said that San Carlos City opened up its waste processing facility to nearby towns since the city has the moral obligation to help other LGUs who cannot yet afford to build its own waste processing facility and by doing so also helped the environment.

San Carlos City is known for its waste processing facility and useful programs that serve as one of its best practices when it comes to environmental care and protection.