Groups Welcome Governor’s Stance vs Canada Garbage Disposal in Bulacan

Environmental groups welcomed the statement made by the chief executive
of Bulacan saying that the dumping of illegally imported trash from Canada will
not be allowed in local landfills.
The Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society, Inc. and the EcoWaste Coalition cited
Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado for disallowing the use of landfill facilities in
Norzagaray and Obando, Bulacan for the controversial garbage imports from
Canada after Tarlac barred their further disposal in Capas landfill.
“It will be totally disrespectful and outrageous  if Canada’s garbage is sent to Bulacan for
disposal.  Governor Alvarado is right in
rejecting such a move,” said Bro. Martin Francisco, Chairperson of the Sagip
Sierra Madre Environmental Society, Inc. 
 “The people of Bulacan fervently pray that
such rejection would be permanent and would apply to all imported trash,” he
Aileen Lucero, Coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition, said that “Bulacan and
other provinces hosting waste disposal facilities should not be saddled with garbage
illegally brought to our shores that could pose health risks to our workers and
“Like what the Tarlac Provincial Board did, we hope that Bulacan and other
concerned local government units (LGUs) will adopt formal declarations and
measures prohibiting the disposal of foreign wastes into their territories,”
she suggested.
“As Bulacan is home to major
cement factories, it’s necessary for such a ban to cover the use of foreign
wastes as alternative fuels for cement kilns,” she said. 
Citing Section 16 of Republic Act 7160 (Local Government Code), Lucero said that
“every LGU shall exercise the powers…which are essential to the promotion of
the general welfare.”  
R.A. 7160 further provides that “within their respective territorial
jurisdictions, LGUs shall… promote health and safety (and) enhance the right of
the people to a balanced ecology.”