Lazatin to Pamintuan: Stop blaming others, solve garbage problem

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014


ANGELES CITY – "Instead of blaming my father’s administration which ended seven years ago, I advised and urged Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan to put his acts together, solve the garbage problem in Angeles City now."

Thus, said Councilor Carmelo "Pogi" Lazatin Jr. on the statement of City Administrator Dennis Albert Pamintuan.

Lazatin said that Pamintuan must come up with an immediate solid waste management plan and once and for all clear out the mountain of garbage in their supposed transfer station, which turned out to be an open dumpsite -- a clear violation of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

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"Ang problema ngayon iyong open dumpsite sa Pampang at Sta. Teresita areas na sobrang baho, dapat iyan ang gawan ng aksyon ng ating gobyerno o namin sa gobyerno sa pangunguna ng aming Mayor Pamintuan," Lazatin said.

"I am doing my job, which is to represent the best interest of every Angeleno. I hope Mayor Pamintuan and his men do the same. This is not about politics. This about the welfare of our people and our city," he said.

Lazatin said that for the record he even mentioned in one of the committee hearings in the City Council last week that the Material Recovery Facility at the back of Department of Public Works and Highways building was established by Mayor Carmelo Lazatin in 2006 exclusively for Pampang Market waste only.

The same material recovery facility established by Mayor Lazatin is now being used by Pamintuan as his alleged "garbage transfer station."

"We never denied that fact that my father established that MRF for Pampang Market waste only. Pero ang ginawa ni Mayor Pamintuan ginawa niya itong transfer station para sa buong siyudad at ngayon makikita natin sobrang dami na ng basura lampas na sa bakod at sobrang baho," he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 19, 2014.

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