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Penalty sought for Bacolod’s private garbage collector

THE Department of Public Services (DPS) in Bacolod City has recommended to the Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB) to impose a penalty on garbage contractor IPM-Construction and Development Corp. (IPM-CDC) for its failure to address the city’s garbage problem.

The DPS report signed by its head Nelson Sedillo submitted to the City Council in October stated that the three weeks of familiarization period the city usually extends to its garbage contractor for them to closely acquaint the area and localize themselves has already lapsed last September 24, 2016.

Yet, the DPS monitoring personnel recorded a number of areas in the daily garbage monitoring report where garbage are not collected on the day the notices were sent, the report obtained by City Hall reporters Wednesday showed.

The DPS recommended to the SWMB that IPM-CDC shall be subjected to appropriate penalty and the amount shall be deducted in full from its monthly submitted billing, it further said.

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 of September 2 to December 31, 2016.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he was not yet informed about the penalty for IPM-CDC.

The report on DPS’s recommendation to penalize IPM-CDC came after Councilor Ricardo Tan had accused Sedillo of being biased in the same monthly monitoring report on the performance of garbage contractor.

Tan said he received the report of DPS from the City Mayor’s Office on October 17, adding that the department immediately showed its biases in defending the failure of the contractor to effect total clean-up in the city.

“The DPS should report the actual condition of garbage in the city,” Tan added.

The DPS had also stated in the said report that because of the anticipated tremendous backlogs left behind by the previous contractor, IPM-CDC experienced difficulty for more than three weeks in removing the old garbage piling up and left rotten within their area of collection.

“This is one of the reasons that in spite of the intensive effort by IPM-CDC to implement clean-up operation there were still remnants of the old ‘tambakan’ noticeable in some parts of the city which they are already trying to remove at the moment,” it added.

Despite this observation, the DPS still recommended a penalty for the garbage contractor as stated in the report.

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