BACOLOD City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran called out the attention of Pta. Taytay village chief to address the illegal dumping of garbage along the shoreline of Purok Paghidait in the said barangay.
Familiaran, chairman of Solid Waste Action Team (Swat), said Thursday, November 22, that he is coordinating with village chief Leah Palma to collect the garbage that was illegally dumped in the shoreline.
“They should determine how it happened and they should solve this problem,” he said.
He added the barangay officials should coordinate with the city’s garbage hauler, IPM- Construction and Development Corporation (IPM-CDC), to pick up the wastes.
Familiaran noted that in the previous month, a group from Barangay Banago held a cleanup drive in the area, but now there was an illegal dumping of garbage there.
He said the barangay should have a participation in the cleanup drive program so they will know their obligation within their areas of jurisdiction.
“The barangays should improve their clean and green program and conduct an information drive for waste segregation. Let’s education our constituents,” he said.
Familiaran said it is the responsibility of the barangay officials to maintain the cleanliness of the shorelines or riverbanks within their areas of jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, Councilor Ricardo Tan urged the Department of Public Services (DPS) to initiate a program that would require the IPM-CDC to collect the garbage in all barangays at least three times a week this December and January next year.
Tan said December is the busiest month in Bacolod City and other localities in the country.
“This is principally due to the fact that the Christmas season is extraordinarily celebrated by the Filipinos within the whole month of December up to the first week of January,” he said.
Tan noted that with all the bonuses being given in December, parties and various celebrations are also being held everywhere, primarily due to the fact that the buying capacity of the people is increased, and the emotions are likewise heightened, thus, welcoming every moment with sumptuous food and colorful decorations.
He said it is also during this Holiday Season that the volume of garbage increases, thereby making the weekly schedule of collection thereof almost insignificant.
“There is, therefore, the necessity of increasing the frequency of garbage collection in every barangay in order to maintain the surroundings clean and tidy,” he added. (MAP)