Coun­cil ap­proves P40-M fund re­align­ment for trash, but…

Business World - - THE NATION -

THE CEBU City coun­cil has ap­proved the re­quest of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Ser­vices (DPS) for the re­align­ment of P40 mil­lion in funds, sup­pos­edly for the rental of heavy equip­ment, to “mis­cel­la­neous ser­vices” for garbage col­lec­tion. Of the P121 mil­lion al­lot­ted for mis­cel­la­neous ser­vices in DPS’ bud­get for 2017, only P29 mil­lion re­mains. DPS As­sis­tant Head John Paul Ge­lasque said that due to the in­creas­ing vol­ume of garbage col­lected ev­ery day, the re­main­ing bud­get al­lot­ted for the ser­vices of Jo­mara Kon­struckt, which hauls the city’s garbage, is only good up to Tues­day next week. To re­call, the city gov­ern­ment has set aside P75 mil­lion for the three-month con­tract of Jo­mara Kon­struckt. Jo­mara started serv­ing the city last Feb. and the bud­get is sup­posed to last un­til the end of April. The P40 mil­lion re­aligned fund would be good for one month and 10 days. At the same time, the coun­cil has sched­uled an ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion on April 25 for fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tion on the mat­ter. “We ap­proved it al­ready but we wanted to know more the details. Ap­par­ently, Mr. Ge­lasque couldn’t an­swer some of our ques­tions… We were just shocked at the amount the city is pay­ing for the garbage,” said Coun­cilor Ray­mond Alvin N. Gar­cia, who re­quested the ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion. —

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