Barangay Carreta holds cleanup to retrieve thick garbage from creek

THE officials of Barangay Carreta in Cebu City held a cleanup on Saturday, November 26, to retrieve garbage and other debris from creeks in Sitios Kalapukan and Cemper.

The barangay officials agreed during their council session last Monday to hold the activity after seeing the accumulated waste in creeks, which hampers the flow of water.

“That is the reason why the floodwater is blocked every time it rains,” Carreta Barangay Captain Marciano Ando said referring to the garbage.

Ando said that the problem arose when some residents in the area complained to his office that they could no longer go out of their houses without using rain boots.

Ando said they experienced difficulty in retrieving the garbage as some portions of the creek are covered with houses.

"Naglisod gyud ang atong mga naglimpyo, duna tay upat ka maga tawo nga atong gipasawom sa ilawom sa mga balay nga dunay daghang basura kay gipang patungan naman sa mga balay nanga alihan na," matod ni Ando.

(Our cleaners are having a hard time, we have four people to dive to retrieve the garbage under the houses that already blocked the flow of water).

The village chief was also worried that dengue may occur in their barangay due to the contaminated water in creek, a possible breeding ground for dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

One of the residents, Emelia Colungan, said there were times when flood would reach up to the neck level due to heavy rains.

Some of the houses in Sitio Kalapukan and Cemper and two other sitios like Malinaw and Ponce 2 are subject for demolition due to the implementation of the 3-meter easement zone by the Cebu City Government.

Ando said that if they could not remove all the garbage manually, they will borrow an equipment from the city hall.

Ando said they were planning to hold the cleanup activity every Saturday to prevent the waste from accumulating. (BBT, TPT)