Village ex­ecs told: Ex­plain garbage dump­ing at fish port

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - CORRES PONDENT ROS­ALIE O. ABATAYO

OF­FI­CIALS of Barangay Suba in Cebu City were given 10 days to an­swer al­le­ga­tions of garbage dump­ing at the Cebu City fish port.

This came after a city res­i­dent posted a photo on the Face­book page of the Cebu City En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (CCENRO) show­ing a barangay garbage truck dump­ing garbage in front of the fish port.

“We knew that it’s com­ing from a barangay since it was clear. There was a truck dump­ing garbage with a plate num­ber,” said CCENRO chief Maria Nida Cabr­era.

Cabr­era wrote Suba Barangay Chair­man Joel Sable last Tues­day, and fur­nished copies to the Om­buds­man, En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Bureau (EMB) and City Hall’s Depart­ment of Pub­lic Ser­vices (DPS).

Sable de­nied that he or­dered the dump­ing of his barangay’s waste at the fish port and said the garbage didn’t come from Suba. He said the truck shown in the photo wasn’t dump­ing garbage but charred ma­te­ri­als.

“The charred ma­te­ri­als came from the houses that were de­stroyed by fire. After we cleaned up, the DPS told us to dump it at the fish port since they said they will col­lect it,” Sable said.

Barangay Coun­cil­man Gerry Tagsip al­leged that the staff of the Barangay Mayor’s Of­fice (BMO) en­cour­aged res­i­dents to dump their garbage at the fish port.

Tagsip said res­i­dents of neigh­bor­ing Barangays Pasil and Sawang Calero had been dump­ing their garbage at the fish port after the BMO said the DPS will col­lect the garbage there. /

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