By Claire Gigje
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)–Following the inauguration of the new engineered sanitary landfill (category IV) Tuesday, June 28, the local chief executives of the city and the province of Lanao del Sur urged the public to cooperate to sustain the purpose of the established solid waste facility.
City Mayor Majul Gandamra emphasized the crucial role of all the constituents in ending the issue of solid waste management as he cited that the needed discipline in managing the waste begins at home.
Noting the capability of the sanitary landfill to hold solid waste for 20 to 25 years, he stressed that there is still a need to have an excellent management of the facility by observing a segregation policy to sustain the purpose of the project.
Gandamra stated that if people will not practice the segregation policy, the issue of solid waste management will still return.
“Hindi lang sa atin ang responsibility but also sa constituents na dapat talaga magkaroon din ng cooperation sa ating households, ayusin ang kanilang pagtapon and they have to learn how to segregate sa mga hindi dapat itapon sa sanitary landfill. Naiiwasan din natin ang degradation ng ating environment,” he said.
[The responsibility is not only with us but also with the constituents, that there really has to be cooperation from households, their disposal must be proper and they have to learn how to segregate those that need not be thrown at the landfill. We can also avoid the degradation of our environment.]
Lanao del Sur Provincial Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr., on the other hand, likewise firmly called on the benefitting constituents to take care of the project as he highlighted that the province extremely needs this facility.
He underlined that if such a landfill would be destructed, there can be no more hope in ending their concern on solid waste management.
“Kapag ito ay nasira, wala na tayong aasahan pa. Malaking proyekto ito kaya gusto kong ipaabot na huwag nating pabayaan ito. Kailangan ng Lanao del Sur ng ganitong proyekto. Gandahan lang natin ang trabaho. Nandito ang provincial government para tumulong sa inyo hanggang sa masustain natin ang programang ito,” said Adiong.
[If this will be destroyed, we can no longer hope for something. This is a big project which is why I want to convey that we have to take care of this. Lanao del Sur needs this kind of project. Let us work properly. The provincial government is here to help you until we sustain this program.] (CRG/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)