Former dumpsite in Umapad transformed into an eco park
MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — Mandaue City’s former dumpsite in barangay Umapad is now an ecological park.
Two of the 10-hectare areas were converted by the Department of General Services (DGS) into a forest park.
Engineer Marivic Cabigas, DGS head, said that it started in 2013 when she was appointed by Mayor Jonas Cortes as the landfill manager and was tasked by the Mayor to convert it into a green area.
“Lisod jud kaayo, dili lalim ang pagtrabaho diri, grabe kabaho, sus ginoo ko, kana bitaw mga ilaga, mga ulod naa na dira (before),” Cabigas said.
(It was so difficult. It was not an easy job. The odor was really bad. And my goodness, the rats and the worms those are all there.)
The other five hectares are also being developed by San Miguel Corp. (SMC) and will also be converted into an eco-park.
Genibel Jayme, 37, who has lived in the dumpsite for more than 20 years, is thankful to the city government and to Cabigas for giving them a livable environment.
In return, the residents also helped in maintaining the cleanliness in the area and are planting trees there.
“Grabe to sa una, dili nako mai imagine ako naagi-an before ug karun. Nindot jud kaayo karun murag naa nami ugma ba…kung unsa ang among ikaabag ni ma’am Marivic sa pagpuyo niya no diri. kung unsa ang hangyo niya sa amoa, mag clean drive mi, mananom mi,” Jayme said
(I cannot imagine what we have gone through before and now. It is a beautiful place now. It feels like we have a future….To Ma’am Marivic, whatever we can do to help her stay here, whatever she might ask, if she would want us to do a clean up drive or plant trees [we’ll do it].)
Cabigas said they would soon allocate one hectare of the old dumpsite to the residents for them to plant vegetables and sell it to generate income.
There are 115 houses or 500 individuals living in the area.
The DGS has also built a day care center in the area with the help of the City Social Welfare and Services (CSWS) and also provided a teacher for the children.
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