Garbage Dumpsite in Sibulan, Negros Oriental

Tension is rising in Barangay Cangmating in Sibulan, Negros Oriental, as residents continue protesting the use of a vacant lot in their area as a garbage dumpsite, without prior notice, dialogue, consultation or a public hearing with them.

The sentiment of the villagers as a whole was brought to the municipal council of Sibulan by Councilor Enrique Jariol who is assigned as district chairman for barangays Cangmating and Maslog.

In Resolution No. 06-08, the barangay council of Cangmating headed by their village chief Teotimo Ramos is requesting the municipal government of Sibulan to stop and cease and desist from using a government lot near the shoreline as a dumping area for garbage.

According to barangay residents, Cangmating is a tourist belt and classified by the municipal planning and development office as a residential and commercial zone.

Questions were raised as to why the establishment of the dumpsite was allowed in the absence of necessary requirements including clearances and permits.

This developed as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has also established a protected fish sanctuary along the shores of barangay Cangmating.

The barangay resolution added that the transfer of the dumpsite from an area near Okoy River to a vacant lot near the shoreline of Cangmating is contrary to a program of the Department of Health dubbed “healthy barangay program”.

The Sangguniang Bayan adopted the barangay resolution, as it urged the mayor to take the necessary steps to address the garbage problem of the municipality.

Leave a Reply

Categorized | Government