In an article posted by Sunstar.com, the newly opened sanitary landfill in Barangay Pagalungan is said to be polluting a nearby river.
This was reported by Barangay Chief Eric Naparete who said that the “juice” of the sanitary landfill is flowing to the nearby river, possibly polluting it and making it unsafe for both residents and marine life.
He added that the people living on the nearby areas have been utilizing the river for swimming and fishing, but since the landfill was transferred to the area, several complaints were heard such as irritation experienced by the residents’, an unpleasant smell usually when it rains a day before or during, and a growing number of unusual fish deaths.
On the other hand, a water taste by private testing centers was conducted last September which resulted in a quality that is “within tolerable level”.
The Head of the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO), Edwin Dael, said that the water sampling results show that the rivers are on a safe level and the accusations were baseless.
He added that they will conduct further investigations with regards to the fish-deaths on the river, which are possible from chemical factors.