DENR shuts down illegal dumpsite in Limay, Bataan
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it has issued a cease and desist order (CDO) against the municipal government of Limay in Bataan province for operating an open dumpsite located in Barangay San Francisco de Asis I.
Under Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, the establishment and maintenance of an open dumpsite is strictly prohibited.
In a two-page order signed by DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Unit (LGU) Concerns Benny Antiporda, Mayor Lilvir Roque was told to “immediately cease and desist” from operating the dumpsite and “conduct immediate rehabilitation of the area.”
Mayor Roque and members of the Limay Municipal Council led by the vice mayor,Robert Arvin Roque, were also summoned to Antiporda’s office at the DENR headquarters in Quezon City to present their immediate plan of action for the closure and rehabilitation of the dumpsite.
Antiporda said the operation of the Limay dumpsite must be stopped to prevent it from reaching the nearby Manila Bay, which is currently undergoing rehabilitation.
The Limay open dumpsite is located right beside a creek that flows to Mamala River, which drains into Manila Bay. It sits on a 7-hectare property owned by the Limay municipal government.
Limay supposedly has an existing memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Metro Clark Waste Management Corp. (MCWMC) in connection with the dumpsite’s safe closure and rehabilitation. But no report was submitted regarding such disposal agreement.