President Benigno S. Aquino III inaugurated on Friday the newly-completed revolutionary sanitary landfill system designed to address waste problem within the city and neighboring municipalities.
In a speech, the President said the completion of the first sanitary landfill in the province of Pangasinan and second to Ilocos Region, is the alternative solution to finally resolve the worsening waste disposal in Urdaneta.
He said the landfill is designed to protect the environment and health of the residents.
“Ipinapakita natin na ang sanitary landfill na ito ay maaaring sumunod sa agos na walang idinudulot na masama sa ating kalikasan at sa kalusugan ng taumbayan,” he said, commending Urdaneta City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio Perez IV for responding to his call to resolve waste disposal in city and help protect the environment.
Aside from addressing the garbage problem, the President noted that the landfill will definitely help provide additional livelihood to the people residing in the area.
“Ang mahigit P200 million pondo na ilalaan dito (sa sanitary landfill) ay hindi mapupunta sa wala at ito ay malaking tulong para sa malinis na kinabukasan ng inyong lalawigan. Ito ang sinasabi nating reporma kung seryoso talaga ang mga pinuno na maghatid ng kaunlaran, walang imposible sa atin. Mantakin ninyo basura na maghahatid pa ng kabuhayan,” the President said.
The President together with Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr., Urdaneta City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio Perez IV, and other local officials, inspected the six-hectare sanitary engineered landfill designed to accommodate Urdaneta’s solid waste, as well as neighboring municipalities for the next 10-12 years. It sits on an 18-hectare city property in Sitio Calegu in Barangay Catablan.