CEBU

Jomara’s trucks no longer needed; City to save P50M a year

(SunStar file photo)

BY JANUARY 2020, the Cebu City Government will stop renting a private contractor’s garbage trucks that collect wastes from households and deliver these to the transfer station in Barangay Inayawan.

With the arrival of the new garbage compactor trucks that the previous administration purchased, Mayor Edgardo Labella said the City’s Department of General Services (DGS) can collect garbage on its own.

The City received on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, the 21 brand new compactor trucks, which cost the City P232 million.

Labella said, though, that they still have to assess if the City could also do away with the outsourcing of trucks that transport garbage from the transfer station to the landfill in Consolacion town.

The mayor said the City would be able to save P50 million a year if it stops renting garbage trucks.

The City has an existing contract with Jomara Konstruckt for the collection and transport of garbage from July to December for P25 million.

To ensure that trucks are properly maintained, Labella tasked City Attorney Rey Gealon and City Councilor Eduardo Rama Jr. to monitor the daily operation and maintenance of the garbage trucks.

Lawyer June Maratas, head of the DGS, said they will make sure the trucks undergo maintenance check-up regularly.

Now that the City has 32 working garbage trucks, Labella said he expects garbage collection to improve. He also expects the city to be clean all the time.

He said there is no longer any reason for garbage not to be collected. (PAC, LRC)


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