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Philippine gov't to look into garbage landslide incident in Baguio

(Xinhua)

08:22, August 31, 2011

MANILA, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Philippine Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo would look into the garbage landslide incident in one of the country's tourists resort Baguio City, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said on Tuesday.

"I think the Department of Interior and Local Government will be primarily the one to look into that, if there is accountability, " she said in a phone patch interview.

Valte said that prior to the incident the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) had already been directed to close the dumpsite.

"From what we know the DENR has already given the order - I think sometime in 2003 if I am not mistaken - to close down the dumpsite. As such it is up to the local government to actually implement the closure of it. At this point, at this juncture, we don't know why they have not heeded the recommendation of the DENR, " she said.

She, however, acknowledged that the local government may have difficulties finding an alternative landfill.

At least five persons, including two children, were buried alive when the wall of the Irisan Dumpsite in Baguio City collapsed following the continuous rain brought about by typhoon Mina (international name: Nanmadol).

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