IN A bid to further the environment, the Quezon City Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department and the Business Permits and Licensing Department has ordered the closure of 56 junk shops illegally operating near near the closed Payatas landfills in Barangays Payatas and Commonwealth.
The EPWMD issued the closure order after a series of dialogues with the affected parties and consultations among environmental management partners and other stakeholders as it noted that the junk shops illegally stored and dumped garbage, which has an estimated volume of not less than 12,000 cubic meters or an equivalent of 800 trips of 10-wheeler will be taken away in the clearing operations.
According to Remelito Hirang, chief of the EPWMD Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement Section, these junk shops are operating beyond the limits set in their business permit. Some failed to present copies of required permits and clearances from the authorities.
He also observed that that the so-called “micro junk shops” are also proliferating in the area.
“Totally stop, i-clear saka tayo magse-set ng bagong guidelines kung paano sila mag-o-operate,” Hirang said, adding that the clearing operations is set to run for two months.
EPWMD said the volume of garbage has become a health and safety hazard to the residents surrounding the dumpsite.