ALL 34 barangays in Cebu City’s south district will be given an additional gas allocation of 200 liters per month for each of their garbage trucks to cover the distance of traveling all the way up to Barangay Binaliw in the north district to dispose of garbage.
The move comes in the wake of the temporary shutdown of the garbage transfer station in Brgy. Inayawan ordered by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.
The EMB Central Visayas served a cease and desist order against RMI Solid Waste Management and Hauling Services, effectively shutting down the Inayawan waste transfer station, where a 10.8-meter-high pile of trash has accumulated.
RMI, which operates the transfer station, was given 15 days to pay a fine of P105,000 for violating conditions 2 and 3 of its environmental compliance certificate (ECC), which was issued in 2017.
A cease and desist order was also served by the EMB to the City’s private contractor, Docast Construction, directing it to stop accepting wastes and to immediately dispose of the trash it has collected at the sanitary landfill in Brgy. Binaliw, instead of bringing this to Inayawan.
Due to the EMB orders, Cebu City Administrator Floro Casas Jr. said all barangays in the city will have to dispose of their garbage directly, preferably in the sanitary landfill in Binaliw.
The directive prompted south district barangay captains to air their concerns in a meeting on Thursday morning, July 8, with the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (LDRRMO) headed by Ramil Ayuman.
Among their concerns was that more fuel would be needed for the trucks to transport garbage all the way up to the northern barangay of Binaliw.
Casas said Mayor Edgardo Labella instructed Department of General Services (DGS) head June Maratas to process the additional fuel allocation for the 34 south district barangays.
“The mayor assured us that we should not worry because our system is in place from garbage collection to disposal,” Casas said in a mix of Cebuano and English.
“Rest assured that our city will not be dirty because of the closure of our transfer station in Inayawan,” Casas added.
Meanwhile, Maratas said while the DGS will start with a 200 liters per month increase for each of the south barangay garbage truck, this may be subject to change depending on the actual situation.
Currently, Cebu City’s fuel allocation for each of its 80 barangays range between 300 to 400 liters per month.