Surveyors find no common landfill site for Malaybalay, Valencia

This city's Councilor Melchor Maramara said the surveyors have not found a common landfill between the cities of Malaybalay and Valencia owing to the shallow water table and shallow aquifer in the Malaybalay area.

He said surveyors from a Korean consortium found a suitable place only in Valencia City.

He said the shallow aquifer and water table of the entire Malaybalay City area would not make the landfill environmentally suitable. Maramara heads the Malaybalay City Council’s committee on environment.  

It islikely that once the landfill is built, Malaybalay may use it and pay the city government of Valencia. 

The Valencia City government has yet to comment on the issue. 

In August last year, Maramara said Malaybalay and Valencia, Bukidnon's two component cities, planned building a common sanitary landfill.

Maramara said that the project, backed by the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, was still in its preliminary planning stage and that the city council here was yet to discuss the funding for a project feasibility study.

He said the City Council has not allocated a budget so far, saying that the two cities were also to decide on the timeframe and an agreed site.

He said he would present a proposal on the feasibility study on August 26.

Maramara said a Korean consortium has shown interest in funding the feasibility study and in helping source out funds if the project would be pursued.

The two firms in the consortium are the Korean Sudokwon Landfill Site Management Corporation and the Dohwa Consulting Engineers Co. Ltd.

"The Korean Consortium shall provide the necessary technical and financial Assistance," it added. Maramara said the consortium has an ongoing landfill project in Surigao City. (Walter I. Balane / MindaNews)