Manila, Philippines -- The Paranaque City government defended the P383 million it spent in 2012 for the collection of garbage in the city, saying the amount was needed for the residents to have a "clean and liveable" place to live in.
The city only spent P600 per resident per year to collect garbage, compared to P400 per resident it spent in 2001.
It was learned that from 2001 to 2012, the garbage collection budget of the city increased only 50 percent, even as garbage volume doubled and the cost of diesel almost quadrupled.
The cost of garbage collection is based on the Asian Development Bank's "Garbage Book" which helps calculate garbage collection budgets based on land area, population, and fuel costs.
Comparing the present state of the city in terms of cleanliness and beautification, it can be seen cleaner and more livable.
It said the local government does not want the city to return to the bad days when it was known for uncollected rubbish like what happened years ago when the Parañaque City Public Cemetery was used as an open dumpsite for the city's solid waste.