PNoy to open Urdaneta sanitary landfill April 8

by Danny O. Sagun

URDANETA CITY, Pangasinan, April 4 (PIA) –President Aquino is scheduled to inaugurate the first engineered sanitary landfill in Pangasinan.

A first of its kind in Pangasinan and second only in the entire Ilocos Region, the Urdaneta City Engineered Sanitary Landfill covers an area of six hectares with a total volume capacity sufficient to accommodate Urdaneta’s solid waste for the next 10-12 years. It sits on an 18-hectare city property in sitio Calegu in barangay Catablan.

Conceptualized by then Mayor Amadeo R. Perez Jr. in 2009, the facility seeks to address the garbage problem in the city owing to its rapidly growing population and the mushrooming of businesses and schools. Urdaneta is a major commerce and trade center in the North, hosting one of the biggest fruits and vegetable wholesale markets and one of the biggest livestock trading posts in the country. Likewise, it is fast emerging as an education center with the establishment of many tertiary educational institutions in the city.

Funded through a P200 million loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines, the project included the construction of the sanitary landfill and support infrastructure, the acquisition of additional lots, and the concreting of access road to the site. Project components consist of an impermeable HDPE liner over compacted clay, two layers of geosynthetic membrane, gravel filter layer, HDPE leachate collection and transfer piping system, pumping station, leachate treatment pond, weighbridge with support truck scale house, wheel wash facility, storm pond to control silt migration, groundwater monitoring wells, and an administrative building with appropriate parking area.

Mayor Amadeo Gregorio E. Perez IV said that the facility will operate in accordance with ecological standards of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and in compliance with the provisions of RA 9003.

The President is also set to inaugurate the new building and equipment of the Agno River Flood Forecasting and Warning System in barangay Tumana, Rosales on the same day. (ANL/DOS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

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