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Monday, August 19, 2019

Osmena considers raising garbage fees

CEBU City Mayor Tomas Osmeña plans to collect bigger fees from those establishments that produce large amounts of garbage in the city.

In his news conference last week, Osmeña said about 70 percent of the garbage in the city comes from large producers of garbage (LPG).

These LPGs include markets, schools, office buildings, restaurants, malls and subdivisions, among others, while small producers include regular households in the barangays.

“We are going to separate and classify garbage producers because there are small and big producers,” said Osmeña.

At present, Osmeña said that the Department of Public Services (DPS) is collecting the garbage of LPGs and is collecting smaller fees.

Although it is part of the public service that the City extends to its people, part of the burden of collecting the garbage of LPGs should be passed on to their managements, the mayor said.

“Abnormal producers of garbage should shoulder the cost of getting rid of their garbage and it should be part of their doing business. In the future, our DPS will identify who are these LPGs. They will let the private hauler collect or deliver their garbage directly to the landfill,” Osmeña said.

The mayor said that such a move will help the City reduce its budget in garbage collection.

But even with the plan, Osmeña assured that the City will continue collecting garbage from all households since residents are not producing large amounts of garbage. (RVC)
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