CEBU City Mayor Tomas Osmeña is planning to apply for a P40-million short-term loan to allow the City Government to fund the hauling of around 11,000 tons of garbage dumped in the private transfer station in Barangay Inayawan.
In his news conference yesterday, Osmeña said the City will remove the trash but there is no available budget for it as of the moment.
He said the additional budget for garbage hauling under the first supplemental budget is only enough to cover the disposal of the daily collected garbage from this month until December.
“We just borrow money from the bank because our scheduled program of funds is already maximized up to the end of the year. This is a stockpile, this is one-time situation, there is garbage build-up there (transfer station) and we have to get rid of that,” Osmeña told reporters.
In a letter sent to SunStar Cebu, Allan Roy Rodriguez, operations manager of EVO Enviro Solutions Inc., the operator of the transfer station said that last May, City officials asked them to continue accepting the garbage hauled from the barangays to avoid a garbage crisis, since there was a delay in the awarding of the hauling contract to a new service provider.
However, after a new hauler was hired last June, Rodriguez said they observed that it hauled only the new garbage.
Osmeña said the build-up was due to the gap when a new service provider was hired after the contract of the previous one ended.
Earlier, some Barug Team Rama councilors questioned the discrepancy between the hauling data of the Department of Public Services(DPS) and that of the transfer station.
Councilor Joel Garganera, there is a discrepancy of P6.5 million in 20 days, from June 22 to July 14, in the billing that the private service provider submitted compared with the one with the transfer station. (RVC)