It is no secret that our natural environment is experiencing so much disarray today. With people doing little or no action at all to combat pollution, improper waste disposal and illegal logging and mining, we are absolutely on the verge of destroying Mother Nature. Unless we do something, it’s only a matter of time before our entire planet heads south.
When it comes to saving our rapidly deteriorating environment, every small act counts, and the local government of Cagayan de Oro is aware of that. Having experienced Mother Nature’s wrath last 2011 with Tropical Storm Washi (Sendong) and not wanting for it to happen again, the city has been conducting a number of activities that will benefit the environment.
Last April 15, 2016, the local government unit of Cagayan de Oro, under the leadership of the city’s environmental officials, has planted more or less 2,000 tree seedlings at Upper Dagong in Barangay Carmen. Together with the cooperation of individuals who were tapped to plant the seedlings, the area will be made into a tree park.
The area in Upper Dagong that was planted with seedlings used to be a dump site occupying 17 hectares of land. Under the orders of DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) and in compliance with the Ecological Waste Management Law, the landfill was closed last 2010.
According to the CSWMB (City Social Waste and Management Board) coordinator, Elvisa Mabelin, the tree planting activity conducted this month was already the second stage of the dump site’s closure and rehabilitation project worth PHP 98 million. Mabelin also added that the environmental officials are also doing an inspection for a sanitary landfill replacement as part of the project. The first tree planting activity at the former landfill was initiated last October 2015. More or less 1,000 tree seedlings were planted that time. During the second tree planting activity, a total of five hectares were covered. The trees grown at the site varies from golden shower trees, acacia, narra, and teak wood.
Apart from transforming the previous dump site into a tree park, the rehabilitation project also includes the construction of a drainage system that would dispose the city’s garbage properly. The flammable gases that will be emitted from the refuse will be collected through several vents and stored for safety purposes. As for the liquid substances; they will be also collected, then processed, and will be later used to water the trees and plants around the landfill area.
To also help those individuals who have lost their means of living after the dump site was closed, the city government has already planned a job program for them where they will receive a comprehensive training so that they’ll be the ones to operate the MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) of CDO. The facility is specifically made to receive, categorize, process, and store recyclable materials.
Kudos to the local government of Cagayan de Oro for making the city a greener and more sustainable place to live!