AS YUTU DEBRIS CONTINUE TO PILE UP

DPW working on Marpi landfill’s side slope

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Posted on Jan 22 2019

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Nearly three months following the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yutu, the Department of Public Works and their partner agencies continue to work tirelessly to rid the island of typhoon debris.

DPW continues on with the segregation process and continues to fill up the slide slopes of Marpi landfill’s cell one.

According to a previous interview with Enrique Dela Cruz, DPW’s Solid Waste Management director, said although there has been a lot of trash and debris entering the Marpi dump recently, it only continues to fill the slide slope of cell one.

Although they are still working on the side slope, DPW is working on the construction of cell three in order to open cell two.

“Hopefully we don’t take too long because I look at this as kind of urgent…We already have a proposal that we’re evaluating out of the four and they’re the ones that’s going to be doing the architect and engineering to construct cell three,” he said.

Dela Cruz explained that it’s necessary to construct cell three before opening up cell two to prevent the contamination of ground water.

“We have to prevent that storm water that’s holding up in cell two, we have to prevent them from migrating into cell three…if there’s leeching that’s going to contaminate the ground water,” he said.

Dela Cruz said that DPW and its partner agencies like the Saipan Mayor’s Office is still currently working on picking up the remaining typhoon debris and segregating them before dumping them in the landfill.

“We’re doing a lot of separation especially for construction debris from the typhoon…We’re doing our best…. all the good people of Public Works are doing their best,” he said.

In a previous interview with Department of Homeland Security public relations officer Nadine Deleon Guerrero, she said that DPW and the Saipan Mayor’s Office have been doing an amazing job in terms of debris removal.

Branford, Florida-based Capstone Pacificas has also been hiring CNMI residents to clear typhoon debris.

Kimberly Bautista Bautista
Kimberly Bautista is the youngest in the stable of Saipan Tribune reporters. She has covered a wide range of beats, including the community, housing, crime, and education, for the Saipan Tribune.

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