Thursday, December 02, 2021

Send excess filling materials to Inayawan, contractors told

CEBU City Mayor Tomas Osmeña authorized all building contractors in the city to dump excess filling materials in the Inayawan landfill.

“Considering that this is an emergency situation, your trucks carrying the said materials are hereby exempted from the truck ban,” said the mayor’s one-page memorandum dated Sept 8.

City Hall hasn’t bought anapog or limestone yet, which some officials were planning to use to cover the trash dumped in the 15-hectare facility, as one way to limit the stench.

The executive department had requested a P10-million fund to buy limestone several weeks ago but the City Council has deferred its approval.

A copy of the mayor’s memorandum was furnished to the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO).

In an interview yesterday, CCTO executive director Atty. Rafael Yap said the truck ban is usually implemented on certain roads from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Yap said it wouldn’t be a problem if the trucks of the contractors carrying excess filling materials bound for the landfill will be exempted from the ban.

N. Bacalso Ave. as well as the South Road Properties, which are the main roads going to the Inayawan landfill, are not covered by the truck ban.

“We don’t think the added volume will make much of an impact since di man sad na pirmi (that won’t happen often),” Yap told Sun.Star Cebu.

As this developed, the Accelerated Social Amelioration Program (ASAP) board of the City passed a resolution approving the purchase of P1.9 million worth of enzymes for the landfill.

It will be sourced out from the ASAP fund, which has an available balance of P27.8 million, as certified by the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) and the City Accounting Office.

They invoked the city ordinance creating Asap, which provides that “the board may introduce from time to time new programs for amelioration as the exigency of the time demands.”

Councilor Jose Daluz III, who drafted the Asap ordinance, said that the Executive Department should look for other accounts where the purchase of the enzymes can be charged, such as the budget of the Department of Public Services, among others.

If officials will use the ASAP fund to buy enzymes, he said, it would be tantamount to the illegal use of funds.

Based on the ordinance, 45 percent of the ASAP fund should be used for programs recommended by the barangays. The funds should be equally distributed among them.

Five percent, on the other hand, is to cover administrative costs of the CTO and 55 percent is for ASAP to identify projects listed in the ordinance, such as the construction of halfway houses and implementation of feeding programs.

“They can introduce new programs but programs for amelioration of the effects aning mga businesses that are producing vices. That is the intention sa ordinance. Ang tumong sa Asap is we cannot prevent businesses like imnanan, sugalan (places where people drink liquor or gamble). These are businesses we cannot prohibit but we can regulate. Individuals ang gitan-aw ana sa ASAP (ASAP focuses on individuals). Development of the human individual who is affected by these kind of businesses,” Daluz said.

Using the ASAP fund to buy enzymes for the landfill would be “stretching the ordinance too much,” he said.

ASAP is taken from the social amelioration tax collected by the City from all business establishments that serve liquor. A P10 amelioration tax is collected from every customer in places like night clubs, gambling establishments, discos and bars.

With this, Daluz said he plans to write the Executive Department to point out that what they plan to do wouldn’t be right.
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