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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Penalty ‘not new,’ says IPM official

AN OFFICIAL of garbage hauler IPM-Construction and Development Corp. (IPM-CDC) said the recommended penalty of the Department of Public Services (DPS) over its failure to address the garbage problem of Bacolod City is nothing new.

Jan Vicente Mercado, IPM-CDC senior vice president, told SunStar Bacolod on November 24 that he was not surprised about the imposition of an appropriate penalty, which shall be deducted in full from their monthly submitted billing.

The penalty is included in the terms of reference (TOR) of their contract with the city, 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 of September 2 to December 31, 2016.

Mercado said they are aware of the deductions, and if proven that they have violated a certain part of the contract, they will face the sanction.

Still, he is hoping for zero violation despite the city’s claim about their failure to collect garbage in some areas, he added.

It is the prerogative of DPS to impose a penalty and they cannot contest that, Mercado said, adding that he considers such as “check and balance and guidelines” for a contractor.

“It may be harsh to hear that we somehow failed to meet the standards of the people in addressing the city’s garbage problem, but we are also making steps to improve our services much better,” Mercado said.

“As we go about the daily collection schedule , delays happened and we do not deny it, but not in major areas,” he said, adding that there are also factors that contribute to the delay.

Despite such recommendation, Mercado said the City has nothing to worry about because they are mandated to serve the people of Bacolod.
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