CH meets with establishments near Mahiga-A A +A
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
THE Cebu City Government yesterday met with some owners and representatives of business establishments near the Mahiga Creek.
This, as members of Reduction of Danger Zones (Redz) also inspected the construction of an access road between the Mahiga Creek and Block 27 at the North Reclamation Area.
Issues such as garbage and drainage were the center of the group’s discussion.
Atty. Jose Daluz III, Redz chief, said they wanted to get ideas from stakeholders on how the City might prevent flooding in the area.
The meeting was the City’s way to inform stakeholders that the City is addressing the issue, he said.
The City also plans to remove illegal settlers and structures within the three-meter-easement of the waterway.
City Legal Officer Jerone Castillo said the City is serious in removing obstructions.
“We have the political will on this, case has been filed and we stand our ground,” he
The stakeholders, for their part, expressed to the City their concerns and suggestions.
Malou Ortiz, a representative of an inn in Barangay Mabolo, said garbage collectors in the barangay don’t college waste if they’re not paid.
Ortiz said they follow the City’s waste segregation policy.
A representative of a gasoline station in the barangay echoed her sentiment.
Establishment owners in Mabolo have reportedly hired street kids to collect their garbage.
“We will take actions on this. (The) tendency is these little boys might throw all these garbage in Mahiga Creek,” Castillo said.
Mabolo Barangay Captain Reynaldo Ompoc, who was present at the meeting, denied that the barangay is collecting payment to collect garbage.
He clarified that even if the establishments are private the barangay is still in charge of their waste.
If the same scenario happens again, he said, establishments should call and report it to the barangay.
Ompoc then assured them that their garbage will be collected.
Daluz said the Mahiga Creek is a showcase and a pilot area for improvements the City wants to implement in all of its waterways.
He said flooding remains a constant threat that’s why they are intensifying their move.
The group is scheduled to meet within the week around residents that will be affected by clearing operations.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 08, 2013.