Basura Atbp stops garbage collection-A A +A
Saturday, August 24, 2013
SOME City Hall employees on Friday trooped to the villages and major thoroughfares in Cagayan de Oro City not for anything else, but to collect garbage.
This, following the untimely termination of contract by the city’s sole roadrunner Basura Atbp, a private contractor responsible for garbage collection, since Thursday night, the City Government said.
City information officer Maricel Casiño-Rivera said they deployed employees from the City Planning and Services Office (CPSO) to collect the garbage that had been left on the streets by the villagers expecting those would be collected Thursday night.
“But we’re on top of this. So, we immediately deployed our existing employees of the CPSO. They used dump trucks,” she said.
Casiño-Rivera said some individuals also helped in collecting the bulk of trashes.
She cannot determine yet how long would City Hall employees collect garbage.
Casino-Rivera said since the assumption of office by Edwin Dael, the new city local environment and natural resources officer (Clenro), they have been reviewing previous transactions of Basura Atbp with the City Hall in the past administration, and they discovered some discrepancies.
The private collecting firm is under Clenro.
She said there was overbilling of City Hall’s average payable every month to the garbage collecting firm.
The supposed P6 million average payable of the City Government per month for the average garbage collection of 14,000-15,000 cubic meters substantially doubled to P12 million in March and April 2013 for the 34,000 cubic meters of garbage collected in each month, Casiño-Rivera said.
“So, Mayor Moreno sent them a notice of termination, of which they are supposed to answer within seven days because we follow due process. We ensured the notice was received,” she said.
Surprisingly, she added, Basura Atbp rescinded the contract only until Thursday.
“But according to their letter, they would still collect garbage on Thursday evening until 4 p.m. Friday. But actually, they didn’t collect the garbage anymore on Thursday night. So, we immediately deploy the team early morning Friday. Because we’re on top of this,” she said.
Casiño-Rivera said Basura Atbp has many legal issues to attend to in the future including the untimely neglect of services on Thursday.
“But what’s important to the mayor right now is to solve this concern. The mayor cannot afford to let the city’s residents suffer from garbage mess,” she added.
She said Basura Atbp could also be liable for the overbilling.
“How easy it was for them to rescind the contract, perhaps they have huge profit that they don’t mind the remaining collectibles,” Casiño-Rivera said.
Basura Atbp got its payment in May and June. But the July payment is still pending following the discovery of the discrepancy.
Roland Ramos, owner of Basura Atbp, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that there wasn't overbilling. The June payment the firm received was partial.
Ramos admitted he sent the letter Moreno to rescind its contract with the City Hall on Thursday afternoon. It was effective immediately, thus, his firm didn't collect the garbage that night.
Ramos sent two bill notification on August 2 and 16, but he didn't hear any word from City Hall.
"I am just a small businessman. I need to know when is the next payment so I can apply for a loan to sustain the daily operations while waiting. I just need some assurance and not hearing from them after the two notifications, I decided to rescind the contract because I don't have money to continue the collection of garbage," he said.
Ramos wanted to know if the City Hall wants him to comply on something, or if there are documents to be completed. But, Ramos didn't receive any reply.
Its contract with the City Hall is supposed to end by third week of October this year. (With report from GCA)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 24, 2013.