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Bagsak sa hygiene! Bulan town hit for open dump sites

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State auditors scored the municipal government of Bulan in Sorsogon for still operating an open dump site and for failing to address all components of a solid waste management system.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the municipality failed to address all the components of solid waste system, such as collection, transfer stations, Materials Recovery Facility, composting facilities, and disposal facilities.

At least P3.719 million was earmarked for solid waste management, but a bulk of the budget was used for fuel consumption amounting to P3.636 million.

“Hence, meager amount was left for other expenses related to solid waste management,” the auditors said.
The auditors also noted that the municipality is still operating an open dumpsite in Bulan Ecopark in Barangay Calomagon, a violation of the Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

“Upon ocular inspection of the dump site, solid wastes were indiscriminately thrown out or disposed of without due planning and consideration of environmental and health standards,” the auditors said.

“This is a clear violation of RA 9003 which prohibits the use of open dump site for disposal of solid wastes,” the auditors added.

The auditors were told the municipality has no financial capacity to establish a sanitary landfill, but the municipal environment and natural resources officer has proposed the establishment of a sanitary landfill.

The COA urged municipal mayor Helen Castro to prioritize solid waste management programs and projects by allocating enough budget and maximizing the fund, as well as comply with the law in establishing solid waste and materials recovery facilities.