BACOLOD City Councilor Ricardo Cano Tan on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of IPM Construction and Development Corp. (IPM-CDC) in addressing the garbage problem in the city.
In a privilege speech during the City Council’s session on Wednesday, Tan said that he has consistently heard comments from the public that the contractor failed to perform its obligation to collect garbage in various barangays.
“The people’s complaints need to be properly addressed, considering the fact that we are paying our contractor P15 million per month to do their task for us. We deserve no less than our money’s worth, and we need to inform the people about the performance of our garbage contractor,” Tan added.
Tan said that on August 30, the Sangguniang Panlungsod approved to grant Mayor Evelio Leonardia the authority to sign the contract with the IPM-CDC with the collatilla that the Solid Waste Management Office (SWMO) and the Department of Public Services (DPS) be required to submit their monthly monitoring report and accomplishments of the contractor.
On October 2, Tan said he expected that the SWMO and DPS will submit their monitoring report for discussion in on Wednesday's regular session, but no report was submitted.
Tan said the IPM-CDC’s performance is a failure.
“I’m not satisfied with their performance. They should give 100 percent effort and should deliver what is due to the people of Bacolod,” he added.
IPM-CDC’s contract for collection, hauling and disposal of garbage, and solid waste management services amounts to P59.433 million, or P14.858 million per month for the period September 2, 2016 to December 31, 2016.
Reacting to Tan’s statement, Jan Vicente Mercado, IPM-CDC senior vice president for operations and waste management, committed to carry out a clearer and time-oriented garbage collection.
“Our main battle cry now is Linis, Hindi Bilis,” Mercado said, explaining that during the first three weeks of their operation, they concentrated on the backlog, and in the last two to three weeks, they implemented the re-routing scheme.
He added that on Monday, they will announce the new schedule of collection and there would be more specific schedules.
“Also starting Monday, we will make the shifts of our crew 12 hours with paid three hours overtime every day,” Mercado said, adding that they will also assign “strikers” or “extra” people to take over in case a cleaner or sweeper calls in sick.
Mercado added that additional small truck units will also arrive on October 20.
DPS head Nelson Sedillo said that on a scale of 1 to 10, he is giving IPM-CDC a passing grade of 7.
“Especially at this time of the Masskara Festival, the city could have smelled of garbage, if the garbage collection is a failure,” he added.