P700 rent for trucks too high

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Odessa

For Barug Team Rama coun­cilors, the P700 per hour the Cebu City gov­ern­ment is pay­ing to rent heavy equip­ment to haul garbage is too ex­pen­sive.

“Look at these trucks, I was check­ing OLX some of them cost P858,000, the city is spend­ing P504,000 a month given sa P700 per hour. P504,000 a month li­bre pa ang gaso­line, loader pa, dawat limpyo. In less than two months bawi ang in­vest­ment sa sup­plier,” Coun­cilor Ed­uardo Rama Jr. told re­porters yes­ter­day.

To re­call, the city gov­ern­ment leased at least 11 dump trucks and 10 com­pactor trucks from Pasajero Mo­tors Corp. to col­lect garbage from the barangays and bring them to the trans­fer sta­tion in Inayawan.

To add in­sult to in­jury, Rama said it is pos­si­ble that the city gov­ern­ment might be pay­ing the con­trac­tor for hours even when the trucks were not run­ning.

“Based on ex­pe­ri­ence, dili ka kahibaw sa pro­duc­tiv­ity sa driver, mat­u­log ba, or mafla­tan ba. While gap­atak ang oras alka­nsi ka. Un­saon nato pagkahibaw, may’g naay gatan-aw nila nga mata su­lod sa 24 hours. If mamahuway sila og 1 ka oras, gibayran nato sila ana. Mao nay is­sues diha kay wala may mo­sunod nila padu­long Con­so­la­cion,” he said, adding he doubts there are City Hall em­ploy­ees dili­gently mon­i­tor­ing the daily op­er­a­tions of these trucks.

Rama said in­stead of pay­ing per hour, it is bet­ter that the ba­sis of pay­ment be made per ton of garbage col­lected by the trucks from the trans­fer sta­tion or per trip to the pri­vate land­fill in Con­so­la­cion.

Coun­cilor Joel Gar­gan­era, for­mer city coun­cil chair­man on en­vi­ron­ment and a vo­cal critic of Mayor To­mas Os­meña, said it is im­pos­si­ble for a driver to run a truck for 12 hours.

“Kanang 12 hours duty im­pos­si­ble na, grabe na, drive pa. Nag­tuo mo nga dili mamahuway? In the pre­vi­ous (ad­min­is­tra­tion), P125 mil­lion (garbage col­lec­tion bud­get) lang, this year P300 mil­lion ex­clud­ing the rental. And they are ac­cus­ing the pre­vi­ous ad­min of cor­rup­tion kay grabe ang gasto, but look karon times four or times five,” he said.

With the P55-mil­lion rental con­tract, which is in­tended for this month up to De­cem­ber this year, the city gov­ern­ment can buy at least 15 brand new trucks that can aug­ment the ex­ist­ing garbage trucks of the city.

Barug Team Rama coun­cilors said they tried to raise the con­cerns about ex­ces­sive rent but they were not able to con­vince the other mem­bers be­cause of their mi­nor­ity in the city coun­cil.

“We raised sev­eral con­cerns dur­ing our coun­cil ses­sions and it fell on deaf ears. Most of our con­cerns are log­i­cal and rea­son­able but then we don’t have the num­bers,” Rama said.

He also asked why some garbage load­ers have not re­ceived their al­lowance for nine months now, adding that dur­ing the term of for­mer mayor Michael Rama all barangays were treated fairly dis­re­gard­ing party af­fil­i­a­tions.

The two also com­mented on the ear­lier state­ment of Os­meña that the pur­pose of putting a city seal on these rented trucks was for mon­i­tor­ing pur­poses.

“Kana nga state­ment alone nga ang pub­lic mon­i­tor, dili g’yud sila ka-mon­i­tor maong they will let the pub­lic to momon­i­tor,” Rama said.

In a press con­fer­ence, Os­meña said the city gov­ern­ment will not pay the ser­vice provider if the trucks are not run­ning. He added Coun­cilor Eu­ge­nio Gabuya Jr. and the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Ser­vices were tasked to closely mon­i­tor the op­er­a­tions of Pasajero Mo­tors Corp.

It was stip­u­lated in the terms of ref­er­ence that the ser­vice provider will co­or­di­nate with DPS on the op­er­a­tion time sched­ule from the point of ori­gin to the des­ti­na­tion. Aside from Gabuya and DPS, the barangays were also tasked to check the op­er­a­tion.

Os­meña said the op­po­si­tion coun­cilors can­not ques­tion the man­age­ment of ex­ec­u­tive de­part­ment on this mat­ter be­cause these coun­cilors are in­com­pe­tent.

“You can­not lec­ture these peo­ple about man­age­ment be­cause they are in­com­pe­tent. Gar­gan­era? What can he man­age?” he said.

Os­meña also said the de­lay in the re­leas­ing of hon­o­rar­ium for garbage load­ers is be­cause a num­ber of them are not do­ing their job ef­fi­ciently, adding the city gov­ern­ment is not ob­li­gated to pay them if that is the case.

O. Leyson/BRP

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