Bulacao chief cites garbage, spaghetti wires among problems in barangay

ONE of the problems in Barangay Bulacao, Cebu City is the lack of proper garbage disposal.

Bulacao Barangay Captain Rodrigo Jabellana, who appeared on SunStar Cebu program “Kumusta Kap,” bared this in an interview with reporter Benjie Talisic.

Jabellana said the problem started in May, when two of their garbage trucks broke down.

He said the garbage personnel were unable to follow their garbage collection schedule, as they were busy collecting wastes from streets to make up for the two damaged garbage trucks.

"Dili na gyud kaya unya misunod sab ang usa mao nang nag sige nalang ta og panghulam og trak sa basura sa siyudad sa Sugbo. Duna man pud higayon nga dili ta maka gamit lay lage ilang gamiton," said Jabellana.

(We have been unable to follow the schedule when another truck broke down. We keep on borrowing a garbage truck from the Cebu City Government, but sometimes they are also using it.)

Jabellana asked his constituents to be patient as they are planning to buy two new vehicles within this year or early next year so they could adhere to the waste collection schedule in the 27 sitios of the barangay.

Jabellana already received several complaints from residents regarding the unattended waste in their neighborhood.

For the time being, Jabellana encouraged his constituents to bring their trash along the highway during garbage collection schedules in their area since the truck would no longer enter the interior portion of the barangay.

Jabellana said: “Atong paningkamotan nga sa dili pa matapos ning tuiga, makapalit nata ug trak basurahan aron magamit, duna naman ta budyet nga P3 milyones sab nga maoy among ipalit.”

(We will try our best to purchase a garbage truck before the end of the year, we have a budget of P3 million).

Jabellana said they are also planning to construct a new three-story barangay hall building, but are still trying to find a suitable location.

Jabellana said that when it rains, there is a leak at the back portion of the current building near his office and worries that important documents will get wet and damaged.

Jabellana has already found a lot for the building’s construction, but they are still negotiating with the bank, which owns the lot.

The barangay captain is eyeing to start construction in January next year so they can move into the new building sooner.

Jabellana said that one of the problems that they encounter during heavy rains is the large number of vehicles that stuck in traffic on the national highway near the Barangay Bulacao Hall while they wait for the floodwaters to recede, making it difficult for public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers to make several trips in a day.

He said the traffic situation nowadays is becoming worse compared to when he was in his first term in office.

Meanwhile, Jabellana also sent some barangay watchmen to monitor the earth movement in Sitios Tubod, Simbal and Laya, where landslides usually occur during heavy downpour.

These three sitios with around 30 households are located below the mountain.

He said there are also barangay tanods who live in the area that can help monitor the situation there.

Another issue in the barangay is the tangled spaghetti wires that hang above the streets. Jabellana claimed that despite letters being sent to telco providers requesting to fix their cables, nothing has been done thus far.

Jabellana said he was planning to meet City Councilor Jerry Guardo to talk on the matter.

Guardo has been tasked by Mayor Michael Michael Rama to eradicate all spaghetti wires in the city by December.

“We will let him (Guardo) know about the problem (spaghetti wires) especially in the interior sitios where it got worse after Typhoon Odette),” Jabellana said in Cebuano.

He admitted that the problem of illegal drugs is another thing.

He said they are currently monitoring new drug personalities in their barangay in coordination with the Inayawan Police Station.

Jabellana said they took part in the fight against drugs under the administration of former President Rodrigo Duterte in 2017, putting the situation under control.

"Murag nilurang na gyud unta to pero nabantayan nato naa na pud ta mga bag-ong player nga atong namatikdan sa pagkakaron," Jabellana added.

(It seems it (drug situation) calmed down but we have noticed new drug players).

The barangay has successfully conducted Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation programs for the three batches of drug personalities who wanted to go back to normal lives.

At present, the fourth batch of trainees is about to graduate from the drug rehab program.

Jabellana hopes that the people will continue to support in their campaign against illegal drugs. (BBT, TPT)