Posted September 15, 2014
Written by Gloria Villas
Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) committee was prompted to conduct an inquiry into the matter when the Sangguniang Barangay of Old Buswang furnished the body of its resolution addressed to local officials of Kalibo seeking for the immediate closure of the Kalibo’s dumping site.
Kalibo’s dumping site is located at the adjoining barangay of Bakhaw Sur, along the Sooc River, one of the extensions of the Aklan River.
Unless drastic remedial measures are undertaken, the threat to the environment posed by the dumping site of the capital town of Aklan can worsen further and will endanger the health and lives of people living nearby, to include schools’ population of various learning institutions operating near its vicinity.
This surfaced in a committee hearing conducted by the Committee on Environmental Protection of the 16th Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan on September 8, 2014.
Not only are residents of the two barangays are affected of the persistent emission of foul odor from the dumping site but also commercial and institutional establishment operators and students near the area.
Meanwhile, DENR Aklan emphasized that for the foul odor to be temporarily and immediately remedied, spraying of chemicals on the dumpsite must be done at once, but safe closure procedure must be started right away.