Today's Punto
Today's Punto
Editorial
Rimpy rages

Feb 20, 2018

“MALINAW NAMAN nakikita natin sa solid waste, iyong mga dumi ng bakal nakatambak. Siyempre mapupunta iyan sa ground water na maiinom ng mga residente. Iyong usok makikita mo from the expressway napakakapal, itinatago pa sa gabi. Ang mga bata nagkakasakit.”

Thus asserted 4th District Rep. Juan Pablo “Rimpy” Bondoc of the gravity of the pollution problem in San Simon town even as he has continuously urged the local government to close down the errant and defiant industrial plants.

Recently, the Environmental Management Bureau issued a memorandum citing three large smelting plants in the town as operating without securing necessary documents such as permits to operate.

In face of what he called the inaction of the LGU vis-à-vis violations of the law and peril to the health of the people, Bondoc raises doubts: “Ang dami nang violations, pero ayaw pa rin nila ipasara. Kesyo titignan muna daw nila ang usok ng smoke stack, ang daming paligoy-ligoy. Ako nagdududa na ako dyan e.”

Bondoc downplayed even the oft-cited of local employment generation as reason for the polluting firm’s continuing operation, saying employment was minimal and locals are not even given priority.

“Sana, ang local government makinig naman at ipasara na ang mga iyan. Wala naman nagtatrabaho, puro problema nalang ang idinadala. Ang papasukin natin iyong mga pabrika na malinis at kapaki-pakinabang.” So wished Bondoc.



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