ILOILO City Mayor Jose Espinosa III warned that those who fail to properly dispose garbage and wastes will be penalized.
Last June 15, the city government conducted “decloggging” operations of the manhole at Corner Infante, Delgado, City Proper, after the area experienced flooding.
As for the assessment, Niel Ravena, General Services Office assistant department head, said that they have accumulated about 120 kilograms of grease and garbage on the area alone.
“We have noted that the grease are sticking already and we have cleared it all,” Ravena said.
The grease on the manhole, were “most probably from the restaurant and food stalls” situated on the place.
Ravena points out that there were numerous food stalls near the hospitals and schools.
The problem will be referred to the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) for the assurance that the food establishments will observe proper discharge on their drainage system in which Ravena stressed that they should have a “grease strap” on their respective areas.
Aside from what they have cleared, Ravena said that they also encountered about 2,070 tons of garbage within the area.
To avoid similar incidents, Espinosa said on the regular press conference at the Iloilo City Hall on June 18 that he alerted the Cenro to be “very strict on that.”
“I made the instructions earlier that we should be strict and checked it as to why it happened,” he said.
Those who will be proven to throw such garbage on the area will face penalties for they have violated some rules regarding the proper waste disposal.
As of now, they were also conducted a clearing and clean up drive at the city’s supermarket.
“I have alerted the barangay captains that they have the responsibility to join the clean-up drive,” Espinosa said. (Carolyn Jane Abello)