Councilor: Better trash collection depends on households

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Sunday, February 2, 2014


A QUEZON City councilor asked residents on Sunday to be more responsible with their trash, in light of the implementation of higher garbage fees in Metro Manila’s biggest city.

Earlier, businesswoman Leonida San Jose-Pangan questioned first district Councilor Victor Ferrer Jr. how the garbage fee for households will equate to better waste collection.

Ferrer authored the ordinance that aims to collect P54 million to be used for waste management.

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The garbage fee ranges from P100 to P600 yearly depending on the size of the lot with the collection coinciding with the payment of the real property taxes.

In the event of a failure to collect garbage, Ferrer said the payment to the concerned contractor will be withheld and strict sanctions, like blacklisting, will be imposed.

Pangan said the city should have a more efficient garbage collection scheme, which will be discussed by Ferrer with the Environment Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD).

But the councilor said households should do their share in maintaining the cleanliness of the environment.

“When people sneak at night and bring out their rubbish in the streets before the garbage trucks arrive, it will naturally result in a messy scene in the evening,” he said.

Ferrer said the cost and other related expenditures of the waste management program can be taken from the proceeds of the garbage fee.

“As it has been stipulated in the garbage fee ordinance, the proceeds shall be treated as a special account exclusively for the effective delivery of garbage services,” he said.

Pangan also wanted barangay officials to install close circuit television (CCTV) cameras or deploy security personnel in areas where trash are dumped in the wee hours.

She said household members prematurely dumping their garbage on the streets before the arrival of the trash collectors will be identified and should face stiff fines or equivalent sanctions.

If the barangay officials remain remiss of their duties, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) should step in to hold the barangay chairman and the concerned kagawads liable.

Pangan said the DILG’s intervention in the garbage issue is practical since local officials tend to tolerate the misdemeanor of barangay officials due to their support in the last elections.

“Non-performing barangay officials should be suspended and sacked if the gravity of the laziness or inefficiency exceeds the threshold of human tolerance. If the problem lies on the unscrupulous household members then the barangay officials should take the cudgels,” she said.

Ferrer said the city has a yearly budget of P1.1 billion for its garbage disposal system. (Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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