Lapu CH fines 1T residents for littering

FROM January to August this year, Lapu-Lapu City Hall collected P310,000 from violators of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

Contrary to the allegation of businessman Efrain Pelaez Jr., the City has been acting on improper disposal of wastes, Mayor Paz Radaza said yesterday.

She said she is not threatened by her political rival’s plan to file an administrative complaint against her over what he alleged as widespread indiscriminate throwing of trash.

“I’ll wait for that,” she told reporters in her regular news conference yesterday, referring to the complaint.

Pelaez, who announced last Monday that he will run for mayor, showed reporters pictures of piles of trash that he said he took in some barangays recently.

While trash may not be seen along the highways, the businessman claimed that improper disposal of garbage is prevalent in interior parts of the city.

He said he will file new complaints against Radaza and barangay captains for violating the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act and the Clean Air Act.

It will be the businessman’s second attempt to have the officials penalized for their alleged violations of environmental laws, after the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas dismissed last year the complaints he filed just before the 2013 elections.

From January to August this year, the City issued citation tickets to 1,009 violators, raking in P310,123 in penalties, records from the Solid Waste Management Office (SMWO) show.

The SWMO also conducted educational lectures in 19 barangays, with 1,466 participants during that period.

“I cannot say we are totally free from indiscrimately thrown trash, but there has been a great improvement. And we are really enforcing the law,” she said.

Apart from heaps of trash in open fields, Pelaez showed photos of burned garbage. He posed in front of the garbage in some of the photos.

In January last year, the Ombudsman dismissed the complaints he filed against Radaza and several barangay captains in 2012 for lack of evidence, a decision Pelaez has questioned.

The decision noted the businessman’s failure to indicate who took the photos he presented and when these were taken.

Pelaez said he will run again for mayor to continue his crusade for good governance in Lapu-Lapu City.

“This is not necessarily a campaign, but a crusade since 2007,” he said.

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