THE 2016 Elections last May 9 left Lapu-Lapu City with about 59,986 kilos of garbage collected by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro).

On a regular day, Lapu-Lapu collects around 35-40 tons. The regular monthly collection is about 1,100 tons.

Cenro Officer Roderico Taga-an said the garbage that piled up after the elections added to the normal daily amount of garbage collection in Lapu-Lapu.

Cenro collected at least 27,000 kilos of garbage a day before the elections. 

All the recyclable campaign paraphernalia collected will be stored at the Material Recovery Facility Clean and Green Office. 

In Mandaue City, the Department of General Services (DGS) has yet to finalize its report on the volume of garbage collected during the May 9 polls.

The Sanitary Landfill Office located in Barangay Umapad delivers a weekly report to DGS.

Engr. Ricardo Delgado, assistant head of DGS, said that the latest report they received from the Umapad dump site was in the last week of April.

Edilberto Toñacao, logistics officer at the dump site, said that this week’s report, including the volume of garbage after the elections, will be sent to DGS next week.

He added that they cannot determine the weight of garbage since there are no weighing scales in the Sanitary Landfill Office in Barangay Umapad and at the DGS office.

What they do, Toñacao explained, is that they input the contents of the dump truck in terms of percentage and multiply this by the dimension of the specific truck.

Danilo Carlos, 40, a dump truck driver in Barangay Casuntingan, said they still have not collected the garbage from schools, which served as polling centers last Monday. He said it will be done tomorrow.

On a normal day, Mandaue City generates an average of 80 tons of garbage. In its latest data, DGS reported that an estimated 3,560 tons of garbage was collected for the month of March.

Delgado added that electricians from DGS have already started removing the campaign materials in the city, especially in Barangay Centro surrounding the City Hall. Josette Marie G. Rafaeles and Dennis Carlo M. Premacio, USJ-R Comm Interns