Councilor wants trash bins inside public transports

A CITY councilor of Cagayan de Oro wants to re-implement an existing ordinance that requires public utility vehicles to put in garbage bins as one of the waste management measures.

Garbage bins, according to City councilor Zaldy Ocon, is necessary so that passengers can put their garbage for proper disposal.

Ocon, chairman of the committee on environment, said it is saddening to see passengers, especially children, throw their garbage anywhere while onboard the jeepneys or on motorelas.

Ocon said he would persuade the jeepney operators, drivers and aides to participate in this environment protection effort.

He added that his committee would tap the Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Land Transportation Office (LTO), and the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) to partner with the city government for the re-implementation of the ordinance.

He said these three agencies are vital for the effective enforcement of the ordinance and to educate the drivers and the riding public.

“Ang ato ani panawagan man lang sa tanan,” Ocon said.

Loloy Gacus, 40, a jeepney driver, lauded the proposed bill in order to good to protect the environment.

“I agree that jeepneys should have trash bins because anyone will notice how passengers will just throw their garbage anywhere. Sometimes I’m tired of sweeping the floor of the jeepney I’m driving because of the litter. Ice wrappers, candy wrappers, fruit peelings. Even if I have a trash bin, they would still litter,” he said.

When asked if he already knew the ordinance, he affirmatively replied.

“I have been a jeepney driver for 10 years when I quit my job at a printing company. I am already aware of that law, that is why in every jeepney that I drive, I always see to it that I put in a can or a plastic container that would serve as garbage receptacle for the passengers’ use,” Gacus said.
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