Oro garbage collection proposal junked

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014


ON ITS first reading, the proposed localized segregation, collection, and disposal of garbage to the barangays (villages) in Cagayan de Oro City was disapproved on Monday’s session.

The measure was junked on its first reading with 9-8 votes.

Councilor Eric Salcedo’s, a member of the minority bloc, proposal is aimed at empowering the barangays on environmental security.

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But, speaker pro-tempore and majority bloc member Ramon Tabor voted in favor of the “long-delayed” measure.

Tabor believed in the intention of Salcedo’s proposition, and is willing to support the project, “when its viability is presented.”

He even said the measure is “laudable, and he (Salcedo) has been doing this… he can probably attend to the obligation if ever this is approved.”

Tabor said the proposed measure has undergone extensive study, “an answer to address garbage disposal concerns.”

“Hence, there’s really a need. I have gone over this extensively. His (Salcedo) experiences are wide-ranging as far as garbage collection is concerned,” Tabor told his colleagues.

Councilor Roger Abaday said the proposed ordinance “is a long-delayed measure.”

“The law, Republic Act 9003 mandates all barangays, towns and cities to implement the law on waste management program. Barangay captain pa ko I started implementing this one. This is timely to solve the environmental insecurity,” Abaday said.

He said the law was enacted 14 years ago, “and I don’t think this is still new to the barangays.”

He cited Quezon city religiously implement the law that has empowered the people in the barangays.

“Although dunay contractor (on garbage collection), but ga tabang sila. Dunay income out of the implementation of the law on collection, segregation and disposal. The city is paying the barangays,” he said.

He even cited Local Code of 1991, also mandating the barangays, municipalities and cities to establish their own environmental program.

“I don’t think bag-o lang kini kanila (barangay officials). This is one way of empowering the barangays as far as environmental security is concerned,” Abaday added.

Abaday’s statements came in response to the proposal from most members of the majority bloc to return the said measure to the tripartite committee composing the committees on health, environment and barangay affairs.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 19, 2014.

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