Thursday, November 27, 2014

SP Aklan sued pollution in Sooc River Kalibo; A hot topic

Posted November 27, 2014
Written by Gloria Villas

Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Aklan will investigate the reported coliform contamination of the Sooc river in Kalibo on Monday next week.

This issue becomes the hot topic during 41st SP Regular Session yesterday, as the letter from Atty. Allen Quimpo, Chairman of Kalibo Save The Mangroves Association (KASAMA) was being discussed.

Atty. Quimpo said: “The letter was asking SP Aklan to implement the closure order of DENR about the open dump site in Barangay Bakhaw Sur.”

In this regard, he cited a recent test that the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and the Aklan Food and Water Testing Laboratory conducted on the part of Sooc River near the entrance of the dumpsite.

Quimpo further explained that the law provides in Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, the prohibition to operate on a dumpsite when affecting the health of citizens.

Meanwhile, Representatives from Aklan Environment and Natural Resources Office (AKENRO) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will also be invited to a Committee Hearing to shed light on the results and their possible implications on the environment and the residents’ health.

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