Issue of October 7, 2018
Mt. Province

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Man dumping wastes near LT bridge identified thru socmed
by Ofelia C. Empian

A man photographed dumping sacks of coconut husks near a bridge in La Trinidad, Benguet was identified and apprehended by the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office after a citizen posted the photo on social media.

Environmental Officer Arthur Pedro said the man was traced through the license plate of his car based on the interview with the concerned citizen who took the photo at 9 p.m. of Sept. 29 in the first bridge of the Pico-Puguis Road.

“I saw the post where I was tagged on Monday (Oct. 1), that’s why we were able to immediately come in contact with the concerned citizen regarding the post,” Pedro said.

He said upon checking with the Land Transportation Office, they located the owner of the vehicle, which turned out to be the man on the photo.

Pedro said they went to the residence of the man, a coconut vendor plying along the Pico-Puguis Road in La Trinidad, and talked to him.

“He did not deny the accusation against him so we were able to talk to him properly and explain to him his violations,” he said.

The man was fined P1,000 for improper garbage storage and untimely disposal.

Pedro said upon checking the area near the bridge where a pathway is located, the Menro also noticed sacks of coconut husks piled along the pathway. The vendor acknowledged that the sacks were also his.

The vendor was asked to write a promissory note swearing not to repeat the violations and conduct community service by cleaning the wastes in the area.

Pedro said they did not divulge the identity of the violator, as what happened will serve as a lesson for him.

He acknowledged that garbage,   especially coconut husks, are frequently dumped illegally in the area. Though it is one of the collection points for garbage in the town, he said many do not dispose of their garbage during the the designated collection time.

“That’s why we are asking the active involvement of the community because we cannot monitor the area all the time,” he said.

“There were even signages installed in the area by the barangay council, but it was removed by some individuals,” he said.

To help curb illegal dumping, Menro scheduled talks with the coconut vendors in the area to remind them of the ordinances. He said they have also talked with the coconut supplier to immediately haul back the wastes of his customers.

“What happens is that the wastes pileup because it was not hauled back on time. The municipality does not collect coconut husks because it should be the responsibility of the supplier to haul back the husks,” he said.

The municipality continuously hauls wastes to a sanitary landfill in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan pending the ongoing expansion of its cell number three in its engineered landfill in Barangay Alno.

“Again, we are asking the residents to report to the appropriate office any violation committed for it to be given proper action,” Pedro said.

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