What a waste in Cebu City

CEBU City generated more than a hundred tons of garbage during the Sinulog 2016 Grand Parade last Sunday.

This, as more than 900 persons were also caught violating the City’s environmental laws.

City Hall’s Department of Public Services (DPS) collected 110 tons of garbage last Sunday. The volume was lower compared to the 197 tons of garbage it collected last year.

Engr. Dionesio Gualiza, chief of DPS, said most of the garbage was collected on the parade route: Osmeña Blvd., Fuente Osmeña, Gen. Maxilom Ave., and P. del Rosario.

“Our teams collected plastic bottles mostly along the carousel route, especially on Osmeña Blvd.,” he said.

Acknowledged

Around 500 personnel from the DPS, barangay environment officers and volunteers were deployed to clean the city’s streets.

The operation began around 10 p.m. last Sunday and ended at 7 a.m. the next day.

Gualiza said they expected the volume of garbage to drop this year after they conducted an information campaign asking the public to handle their waste responsibly.

During the awarding ceremony of the winners for Sinulog 2016 yesterday, suspended Mayor Michael Rama, who also chairs the Sinulog Foundation Inc., thanked garbage collectors and environmental law enforcers for contributing to the success of the event.

“When every one of you is enjoying the celebration, there they are working for the city,” he said.

In the past, the City Government used to give street cleaners and garbage collectors incentives for working overtime.

This year, Gualiza said, Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella has yet to decide on the matter.

“We won’t expect and we will just wait (to see) what we can give to our workers,” he said.

Violators

Meanwhile, the Cebu City Environmental and Sanitation Enforcement Team (Ceset) apprehended 938 persons, most of them minors, caught littering, smoking and urinating in public places last Sunday.

They were issued citation tickets for violating City Ordinance (CO) 1361, or the ordinance establishing a system of garbage collection, and CO 2241, or the comprehensive anti-smoking ordinance, said Ceset Chief Grace Luardo.

They were made to pay the P500 fine.

Earlier, Ceset warned the public to heed the City’s environmental laws during the grand parade.

Eight Ceset teams were deployed to different areas last Sunday to apprehend violators.

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