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HELP OF SANITARY INSPECTORS, POLLUTION CONTROL OFFICERS SOUGHT IN ADDRESSING STENCH IN JAIL

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Following the residents’ complaints on the stench coming from the Cebu City Jail, an official of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology asked the City Government to provide sanitary inspectors and assign at least two pollution control officers to help monitor environmen­t concerns at the jail. In a letter to Councilor Dave Tumulak dated Aug. 28, Jail Warden Renante Rubio said that although they regularly desludge their septic tanks, they still need health inspectors to assess the impact of the foul stench on public health. The matter was brought up during a meeting of Barangay Kalunasan officials last Aug. 7. According to Rubio, some 300 residents raised concerns on pollution problems reportedly caused by the City Jail and two other other detention facilities located in Kalunasan. “Our main concern is the pace of the water treatment project of our City Government if and when it will finally start and function. Friction with the residents on the issues at hand is stemming daily as they perceive slow action on issues they endure daily,” a portion of the letter read. Rubio said they learned from City Hall that funds have been allocated for the proposed water treatment facility for the City Jail’s male dormitory, but they are still waiting for the contractor to start working on it. Tumulak, deputy mayor for police matters, said the matter has been raised to the City Health Department already for their immediate action. “Usa sa factor ana tungod bitaw sa kadaghan sa mga inmates. Every week magsige ta og habwa sa ilang septic tank, supposedly twice every two weeks lang. We also urged the inmates nga dili nila binuangan ang mga sewage systems, labayan man og t-shirts,” he said.

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