Typhoon Odette ‘Oplan Barug Sugbo’ clears 880 tons of debris, gets 3 brgy chiefs in trouble

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SOME 880 tons of debris and garbage were collected during “Oplan Barug Sugbo,” the massive city-wide clearing operation initiated by the Cebu City Government Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairman Gerardo Carillo told SunStar Cebu.

The city government deployed 50 dump trucks, 12 pay loaders, 10 mini dump trucks and eight skid loaders, Cebu City Councilor Jerry Guardo told SunStar Cebu.

Guardo, chairman of the Cebu City Council’s committee on infrastructure, said the city was divided into different sectors so that government personnel and volunteers could effectively conduct the clearing operation. Teams were deployed in Barangays Pardo, Guadalupe, Tinago, Banilad, Talamban, Lahug and downtown Colon.

Personnel from the City Traffic Operations and Management assisted in the operation to ensure that traffic flow would not be hampered.

Guardo said barangay officials took care of the interior portions of their barangays that cannot be penetrated by heavy equipment.

The councilor also lauded the participation of non-government organizations and the private sector in the clearing operation.

However, not all barangay officials were commended.

Department of the Interior and Local Government Cebu City Director Ian Kenneth Lucero issued a memo on Thursday to the chiefs of three barangays that reportedly did not participate in the city’s clearing efforts.

Carillo said Barangays Punta Princesa and Bulacao had each asked for a dump truck from Cebu City for use in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette, but never used them. Barangay Labangon also reportedly failed to collect any garbage since Typhoon Odette struck.

Mayor Michael Rama signed last Dec. 29 Executive Order 152 declaring a city-wide observance of an Enhanced Citywide Qualitative Health and Sanitation Drive. The second leg of the clearing operation will be conducted on Jan. 2, 2022. (IRT, REV)

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