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Various kinds of trash littered in one of the ravine at Rurukan Subdistrict, East-Tomohon district, Tomohon city, North-Sulawesi. This location seems to have been an illegal TPS (Tempat Pembuangan Sampah), a landfill. Thus polluting the environment.
Littering in Rurukan, the people said the government isn’t taking it seriously.
“We didn’t know who are the people who littered there might have come from. We didn’t know whether it was the citizens of Rurukan, Rurukan Satu or Kumelembuay. Therefore, it needs a collective action.”
Ferry Pondaag, the subdistrict secretary of Rurukan Satu, East-Tomohon District.
TOMOHON, publikreport.com one of the spots on the old road that connects Rurukan and Kumelembuai subdistrict, East-Tomohon District, Tomohon city, North-Sulawesi Province, have become landfill. The alleged illegal landfill has been there for quite some time.
“You could estimate it yourself how long have this became landfill. Its been years for sure. The government isn’t serious in banning (littering); thus, it comes to where we are now.” Said WP also known as Buang, a citizen of Rurukan subdistrict on Saturday, September 21st, 2019.
In his observation, tens even hundreds of cubic of garbage have pilled up the ravine which bellow flows a river. The even narrow road has been crushed even more due to this environmental pollution.
The concerning (government) department must have known this. There is a river flowing bellow, not to mention there is an elementary school nearby. Littering is illegal because it pollutes the environment.” He said.
Berce Mamuaya, a local community figure admits that the location has been an alternatives landfill.
“The government have prohibited, but lacking in assertiveness, and here we are.” Said the former Hukum Tua (Village-elder official).
Meanwhile a number of subdistrict official staff in Rurukan Satu also admits that one of the locations behind the residential area have become a landfill.
“indeed, the location is situated behind residential area of Rurukan Satu subdistrict. But actually, that part is still in Rurukan subdistrict jurisdiction.” Said Ellis Kumenap, section-Chief of Rurukan Satu subdistrict official.
The subdistrict secretary of Rurukan Satu, Ferry Pondaag explained that the issue needs an observation and comprehensive action along with parties that likely have interest.
“We didn’t know who are the people who littered there might have came from. We didn’t know whether it was the citizens of Rurukan, Rurukan Satu or Kumelembuay. Therefore, it needs a collective action.” He said.
One thing for sure, Ferry stated, the littering problems even to the ones that leads to environmental pollution will be dealt with immediately.
“There is no neglection for a prohibition have been issued. We will coordinate with other authoritative.” He said firmly.