‘Pay for vol­ume, not hourly rate for garbage’


In­stead of pay­ing hourly rates to pri­vate garbage trucks to col­lect Cebu City’s garbage, some op­po­si­tion coun­cilors suggested that they be paid based on the vol­ume of garbage they col­lect or the num­ber of trips they make.

“How do we know that they are work­ing for 24 hours? Is there mon­i­tor­ing on these trucks for 24 hours? If the driver de­cides to rest or sleep for one hour, we are still pay­ing them for that,” said Coun­cilor Ed­uardo Rama Jr. dur­ing a press con­fer­ence with Barug Team Rama coun­cilors yes­ter­day.

He re­ferred to City Hall’s cur­rent lease con­tract with Pasajero Mo­tors Corp. (Pamo­cor) which pro­vides 11 dump trucks and 10 com­pactor trucks to the city for an hourly rate of P700 per truck. These trucks are run­ning for 24 hours a day.

Rama said the usual set up in lease con­tracts is that the providers are paid based on the weight of garbage they are able to col­lect. It works as a pro- duc­tiv­ity en­hance­ment, he said.

Another scheme could be to pay the con­trac­tor based on the num­ber of trips their trucks make in a day.

Rama, who used to head the garbage pro­gram of the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion, re­called that be­fore, they only rented 10wheeler garbage trucks at a daily rate of P4,500.

This is lower than the city’s cur­rent set up in which it pays P16,800 per truck for one day.

“We raised these con­cerns in the City Coun­cil, but these fell on deaf ears. Most of our con­cerns were rea­son­able and log­i­cal. But some of them won’t heed logic,” Rama said.

A few weeks back, the City Coun­cil ap­proved the bud­get for the lease con­tract of the garbage trucks for Oc­to­ber un­til De­cem­ber.

Coun­cilor Joel Gar­gan­era agreed with Rama, say­ing the City Coun­cil did not even get a copy of the con­tract be­tween the city and Pamo­cor.

He said they only knew of the terms of ref­er­ence of the bid­ding which in­clude the pay­ment of P700 per hour per truck.

Gar­gan­era said he talked to one of the truck driv­ers who told him that they work for 12 hours a shift.

He said it is im­pos­si­ble that these driv­ers would work for 12 hours straight since they need to rest.

This means the city will still have to pay them even when they are rest­ing since it is done at an hourly ba­sis.

In­stead of out­sourc­ing garbage trucks, Rama also suggested that the city could in­stead out­source main­te­nance ser­vices for the city’s trucks.

Rama said while re­con­di­tioned trucks cost P800,000, the city pays Pamo­cor P504,000 for one truck for one month of ser­vices alone.

Sought for com­ment, Mayor To­mas Os­meña still crit­i­cized the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion for al­legedly buy­ing low qual­ity trucks.

He also said the city should not buy its own garbage trucks with its money.

“Half the trucks that (for­mer mayor Michael) Rama bought within five years are not run­ning. That’s more eco­nom­i­cal? We can­not even sell it. You know why? Be­cause you can­not sell some­thing that’s five years old. It’s ba­sura (garbage),” he said.

The mayor said Pamo­cor won’t get paid if its trucks are not run­ning since un­der the con­tract, the city only pays for ac­tual ser­vices ren­dered. /



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