ABC Cebu City prexy admits shortage of garbage trucks

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THERE is a shortage of garbage trucks that collect waste from Cebu City’s 80 barangays, according to Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) President Franklyn Ong.

Ong asked the Cebu City Government to revisit the barangays and determine the number of houses and business establishments in their jurisdiction as well as the amount of waste generated to know how many garbage trucks are really needed to collect all the trash in every barangay.

Ong said the City Government should also take into consideration the ongoing development in the city involving the construction of condominium units.

“In my observation, it is really lacking. But if we say how much is lacking, the number of households and the waste in each barangay should be revisited to know if the amount of waste is in proportion to the number of garbage trucks available and to divide the task between the barangay and the DPS (Department of Public Services) when the need arises,” said Ong, barangay captain of Kasambagan, in Cebuano.

Ong said the barangays have already submitted their list of priority projects to the Cebu City Development and Coordinating Council and some of their requests have already been approved.

He, however, could not say if these were already turned over to the barangays.

Ong added that the barangays also need additional garbage personnel and do not have enough crude supply for their garbage trucks.

Effective collection

Jigo Dacua, head of the DPS, earlier said a barangay must have enough garbage trucks to have an effective garbage collection performance.

Dacua said currently, the DPS has 13 garbage trucks that are operational, while the other units, including compactor trucks, are still subject for repair.

Dacua said the services of private haulers have helped the Cebu City Government.

He said at least eleven 10-wheeler trucks help bring garbage from the city’s roads to a landfill area in the mountain barangay of Binaliw every day. (TPT)