By CRIS DIAZ, Executive Editor
CAGAYAN de Oro City–The City Council committee on environment and natural resources would investigate on the method adopted by local funeral homes in the disposal of waste materials.
City Councilor Zaldy Ocon, the chair of the committee on environment and natural resources, said that it is important to know about how the funeral homes dispose their solid and liquid waste after an embalming procedure.
Ocon said that the issue on the procedure of the disposal of waste materials of funeral homes cropped up during a discussion on the implementation of the solid waste management and the segregation of garbage by the city’s local environment and natural resources office (CLENRO).
He said that the funeral home operators should submit their respective waste disposal plan, particularly the specification of septic tanks, which should not be susceptible to leaks and that the water should not penetrate the ground.
The committee would also like to be informed of the measures adopted by the funeral homes when the septic tank becomes full, and whether the kind of garbage they have is allowed to be disposed at the sanitary landfill.
A representative of one of the funeral homes here informed the committee that the funeral home has five septic vaults, measuring 3 x 5 meters each, but lamented that the city has no treatment plant for the liquid waste of funeral homes.
“A treated liquid waste of funeral homes could be disposed to the nearby canals,” the representative told the committee.
Ocon said the city council is bent on implementing the law about the waste disposal of funeral homes for health and safety of the local residents.
He warned that funeral homes operating in the city and found to be violating the existing laws would be ordered its closure or be advised to transfer to remote places.
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