Timeline: Who gets the landfill?

Research by Maria Althea Teves, abs-cbnNews.com/Newsbreak

Posted at May 09 2010 10:15 PM | Updated as of May 10 2010 06:23 AM

The 2010 gubernatorial race in Rizal province promises to be politically charged as there has been a history between the 2 leading candidates—incumbent Governor Casimiro Ynares III and suspended Rodriguez town Mayor Pedro Cuerpo—of feuding over who would have control over landfills in Rodriguez.

December 1, 2001

The municipality of Rodriguez and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) enter into a memorandum of agreement, allowing MMDA to dump garbage in the Montalban Solid Waste Disposal Facilities (MSWDF) for P450 per ton of trash.

January 16, 2002

The MSWDF formally opens, with the attendance of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and MMDA Chair Benjamin Abalos.

April 10, 2003

The Rodriguez municipality enters into a contract with the International Solid Waste Management Specialist (ISWIMS) Inc. for the establishment of the MSWDF. ISWIMS is the private owner of the landfill and will be the operator.

August 25, 2004

The 14-hectare MSWDF located at Sitio Lukutang Munti, Barangay San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal secures an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The MSWDF enters into contract with Karbon Kredit Philippines for the operations of the planned Methane Gas Recovery and Electricity Generation Project. (ECC number 0403-010-210)

August 10, 2006

The Municipality of Rodriguez implements the Methane Gas Recovery and Electricity Generation Project.

June 4, 2007

A memorandum of agreement is signed by the Rodriguez Municipality and ISWIMS agreeing to distribute the 10% royalty fees it will get from the methane energy project. The Rodriguez municipality will give 8.75% of its 10% royalty fees to the provincial government. Also, 20% of the 10% royalties the municipality will receive will go to ISWIMS.

September 17, 2007

The Rizal government, through Resolution 123, recommends the closure Montalban Solid Waste Disposal Facilities (MSWDF) located in Sitio Lukutang Munti, Barangay San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal.

September 27, 2007

Philippine National Police Rodriguez Rizal Chief Henry Daaca tenders his resignation. His colleagues say that he is stressed out because of the fight between the governor and the Rodriguez mayor.

October 8, 2007

The provincial government issues Resolution 132 requesting the Office of the Provincial Director-PNP-Rizal and the office of the Bureau of Fire Protection-Rizal to assist the Rizal provincial government in the closure of the 14-hectare Montalban Solid Waste Disposal Facilities (MSWDF) located at Sitio Lukutang Munti, Barangay San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal, and in the Operation of the 19-hectare Rizal Provincial Sanitary Landfill.

October 9, 2007

The provincial government issues Resolution 137, declaring the operationalization of the 19-hectare Rizal Provincial Sanitary Landfill (RPSL) located at Sitio Lukutang Munti, San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal, under a cluster scheme composed of the municipalities of Angono, Taytay, Cainta, San Mateo, including the Municipality of Rodriguez, Rizal.

Resolution 138, allowing the MMDA to use the landfill, is also issued by the local government.

October 10, 2007

Rodriguez town residents form a human barricade near the Rizal landfill to stop dump trucks from different municipalities in Metro Manila from going in. They flash placards questioning the governor's decision to control the landfill facility. Residents ask why Ynares won't allow Rodriguez town to manage it. Because of the decision, they say, potential job opportunities for locals are denied.

October 14, 2007

Resolution 141 is issued by the provincial government, appreciating and commendation the Rizal Philippine National Police (PNP) for its the peaceful and orderly opening of the Rizal Provincial Sanitary Landfill.

Another resolution (No. 143) is issued, allowing allocation of the process of payments to be made by the MMDA for the provisional use of the Rizal Provincial Sanitary Landifill project located in Sitio Lukutang Munti, Barangay San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal.

February 13, 2008

Rodriguez Mayor Cuerpo is suspended. Vice Mayor Jonas Cruz is sworn in as acting mayor of Rodriguez, Rizal, by Governor Ynares in the provincial capital. Cuerpo is suspended by Governor Ynares and the Rizal Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) for allegedly violating the Local Government Code (RA 7160).

A private complainant named Renato Rodriguez filed a case saying that Cuerpo and the Rodriguez ordinances (07-12 and 07-13) violated the RA. The ordinances authorized the collection of a development exaction fee, a right of way fee, a wash bay service fee, and other fees upon any government or private entity using the Montalban landfill.

April 18, 2008

The Office of the President (OP) issues a Stay Order after Cuerpo appeals for the dismissal of his suspension.

June 25, 2008

Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay sends around 40 Makati City garbage trucks outside the MMDA central office along the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue. The garbage could not be dumped into the Rizal landfill because it is closed. The Rizal provincial government barred garbage trucks from different municipalities in Metro Manila because of MMDA's failure to pay their P84 million worth of unpaid fees.

June 30, 2008

The landfill reopens.

July 24, 2008

The Montalban Methane Power Plant opens.

July 28, 2008

The Court of Appeals grants the petition of the Rizal provincial government and sets aside the Stay Order of the OP.

September 27, 2008

Philippine National Police Rodriguez Municipality Chief Supt. Henry Daaca tenders his resignation because he is stressed with the politics that was going on between Cuerpo and Ynares.

October 3, 2008

Malacañang decides to enforce a stay order decision stating “so as not to prejudice public interest and deprive the people of Rodriguez, Rizal, of the service of their duly elected Mayor.” The Rizal provincial board effectively dismisses Cuerpo's 6-month suspension. Cuerpo is able to serve once again as Rodriguez mayor.

May 13, 2009

The Manila Electric Co. (MERALCO) files an application for the approval of the Contract for the Supply Electricity (CSE) with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) between MERALCO and MMPC.

June 1, 2009

The ERC approves MERALCO's application.

January 6, 2010

Malacañang changes its mind and reverses its October 3 decision on Cuerpo's appeal for lack of merit and affirmed the Rizal SP's 6-month suspension of the Rodriguez mayor.

Sources:
Legal documents and memorandum of agreements between parties involved in the landfill facility
Resolutions of Rizal Province
Acting mayor of Rizal town sworn in
Human barricade vs dump opening
40 garbage trucks parked in front of MMDA
Rizal government secures clearance to operate landfill
Metro garbage woes ease as Rizal landfill reopens
Competition over landfills a reason for his suspension?
Rodriguez police resigns, cites pressure: feud between Ynares and Cuerpo
Application of MMPC and MERALCO for CSE approval with the ERC
ERC approval of MERALCO application