Finding Right Solutions To The Baguio Tragedy Essay

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Finding Right Solutions to the Baguio Tragedy During the height of Typhoon “Mina” on August 27, a tragedy occurred in the biggest and most populated barangay in Baguio City; Barangay Irisan. Heavy rains caused a retaining wall at the dumpsite to collapse and send an avalanche of garbage sliding down to a mountainside community, killing at least six people and burying three houses there. Although this incident wasn’t as fatal as the Payatas tragedy in July 2000, it has become one of the most significant turning points for the 10-year old Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. This law aims to ensure the protection of the public health and environment through implementing waste reduction and minimization with proper segregation, storage, treatment, and disposal of solid waste. Yet despite the length of time that has already passed, not much has been done. Just fourteen years ago, Baguio hit the headlines when it entered the Hall of Fame as the cleanest and greenest highly urbanized city in the Philippines. Now the city has hit the headlines again; not for the same reason, but for a tragedy caused by the failure of extensively putting waste management into effect, thereby claiming six lives. The country’s cleanest city in the past has now become a place some people would think of as polluted. The trash slide, which was a disaster waiting to happen, could have been avoided if only Baguio City preferred to pursue its plan for an engineered sanitary landfill (ESL) instead of spending more than P220 million for the hauling of wastes to Capas, Tarlac and purchasing the two environmental recycling system (ERS) machines. By many indications, the establishment of an ESL for Baguio will ease up the city’s burden on its solid waste management. However, it is saddening that some officials keep relying on the expensive ERS machines which, up to

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