City and barangay officials converge last night to reiterate their support to the efforts of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo to close the dumpsite, finish the construction of the Central Materials Recovery Facility and establish a sanitary landfill.

At the same time the assembled officials also express their sympathy to the employees of the Environment and Natural Resources who were recently arrested without warrant by the agents from NBI Manila.

Vice-Mayor Alan Gel Cordova, City Councilors Lilani Ramon, Michael Bandal, Joe Kenneth Arbas and Agustin Miguel Perdices lamented the use of force and even long firearms by the NBI team against the defenseless employees.

The Punong Barangays also got an update of the ongoing construction of the Central MRF and eventually the sanitary landfill in the newly purchased 8-hectare lot from the department heads present.

The closure of dumpsite will be final once the MRF and sanitary landfill shall be completed and operational. Meanwhile, the barangays and residents are encouraged to practice and observe segregation of wastes so that the volume trash for collection will be reduced.

The City Government has been in constant communication with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to comply with the ways and means for the responsible closure of the decades-old dumpsite in accordance to the Safe Closure and Rehabilitation Plan duly approved by the agency.