Pres­sure on at DPS on use of haul­ing bud­get

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - RE­PORT ER JOSE SANTINO S. BU­NA­CHITA

WITH garbage re­duc­tion pro­grams set to be in place, Cebu City Hall's De­part­ment of Pub­lic Ser­vices (DPS) has been pres­sured not to fully use their pro­posed bud­get for garbage haul­ing ser­vices next year.

The DPS has pro­posed a P313 mil­lion bud­get for its pri­va­tized haul­ing ser­vices for next year. Another P65.4 mil­lion is also pro­posed for the rental of heavy and other equip­ment which in­cludes the leas­ing of garbage trucks to do garbage col­lec­tion for 24 hours a day.

Dur­ing yes­ter­day's bud­get hear­ing with the DPS, Coun­cilor Mar­garita Os­meña, head of the City Coun­cil's com­mit­tee on bud­get and fi­nance, put pres­sure on DPS of­fi­cials as well as deputy mayor on pub­lic ser­vices, Coun­cilor Eu­ge­nio Gabuya Jr., about city garbage that have to be dumped in a pri­vate land­fill.

She re­called that sev­eral years back, the city was able to re­duce its garbage pro­duc­tion by as much as 40 per­cent when the city strictly im­ple­mented seg­re­ga­tion of wastes at source.

“You're ask­ing for P300 mil­lion. That's a lot. That's P1 mil­lion a day. Hope­fully, that will not have to be fully used if the re­duc­tion pro­grams will be put into place,” she said.

Among the waste re­duc­tion pro­gram set to be in place is the es­tab­lish­ment of a cen­tral­ized ma­te­ri­als re­cov­ery fa­cil­ity (MRF) in­side the closed Inayawan land­fill./

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