THE large volume of tourists who visited Baguio City also saw a large number of garbage indiscriminately thrown everywhere, as noted by a city official.
This was also observed by the City Environment and Parks Management Office (Cepmo) and General Services Office (GSO).
"Although we have personnel coming from the Cepmo and GSO, we repeatedly would like to remind the public and the tourists visiting the major parks in the city to abide by our local laws on proper garbage disposal," Councilor Elmer Datuin said.
Datuin forecasted around 400,000 to 500,000 tourists who visited the city during the Christmas and New Year break.
"What was noticeable among the tourists was their attitude of just throwing their garbage where ever they see fit, which is our frustration since this will show a bad light to the city," Datuin said.
Datuin said the move to implement or impose the collection of an environmental fee for everyone wanting to use parks for picnics and other occasions which is part of the City's Environmental code.
"As of now, we are not applying the use of collecting an environmental fee but if we may be forced to implement it, then we will have to do it in the near future. The indiscriminate throwing of garbage by some tourists is beginning to be a frustration to our local government," Datuin added.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on January 04, 2018.
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