FROM THE NEWSROOM
By RUEL PELONE
I AM happy that finally Councilor Edna M. Dahino sounded the alarm bells over the garbage problems in the city of Cagayan de Oro.
The visibly dismayed Dahino said: “Reports of loose garbages are clearly visible to a passerby on the street still abounding.” That it is still happening even with increased funding and the city’s stringent efforts to clean the city.
“Complaints of waste garbage collection from our residents and the failure of IPM in keeping our city’s over-all cleanliness at that time made it all the more the most-talked about concern from our citizens and a serious issue for the City Council as well,” she told her colleagues during the recent regular session of the City Council.
According to the Power, a daily newsletter of the City Council, the councilor recognized the efforts of the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO), in maintaining a clean, safe and efficient system for the collection, removal and disposal of waste from residential and commercial areas throughout the city as well as the City Council for allocating a much bigger fund for our garbage collection and disposal.
“But despite all this, there is a notable growth of garbage pile at 560 tons a day based on the data from CLENRO, which led our residents to wonder if taxpayer’s money is indeed being put to good use,” she opined.
With the present scenario, the councilor called for drastic actions and measures to reduce wastes and to re-evaluate the effectiveness of the city’s garbage collector.
Just like Dahino, I am also confused why garbage disposal in the city remains a “problem” until now.
I suggest that Dahino or, the city government officials will conduct a surprise visit to every barangay to see for themselves why garbage disposal remains a problem. I observed that there are some barangays merely created its Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for the sake of complying.
MRF is useless if no one will religiously collect the garbage from every household. Not even a garbage receptacle is provided. Some residents are even in a dilemma where to throw their biodegradable waste.
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