50 eco-sta­tions to be in­stalled

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Odessa O. Leyson/GAN

Around 50 eco­sta­tions will be put up along the Sin­u­log route and other nearby ar­eas in the hope of min­i­miz­ing the garbage thrown any­where dur­ing the ob­ser­vance of the Fi­esta Señor.

Cebu City En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (CCENRO) came up with this scheme in or­der to en­sure the clean­li­ness of the city de­spite the in­flux of devo­tees.

The said eco­sta­tions are made up of tents wherein the pub­lic can see four garbage re­cep­ta­cles la­beled with a cor­re­spond­ing type of waste which in­cludes biodegrad­able, non­biodegrad­able, resid­ual and spe­cial waste.

This year's CCENRO's garbage op­er­a­tion for Sin­u­log dubbed “Ba­sura Watch 2018” fo­cuses on ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic to throw their garbage to the proper trash bins.

There are 221 Barangay En­vi­ron­men­tal Of­fi­cers and vol­un­teers that would is­sue ci­ta­tion tick­ets to peo­ple who throw their garbage any­where.

CCENRO Head Nida Cabr­era said vi­o­la­tors will pay a fine of P500. If the vi­o­la­tors can­not pay the fine, they will be obliged to do com­mu­nity ser­vice by pick­ing trash scat­tered at the streets.

Ear­lier, the CCENRO team dis­trib­uted fly­ers to the pub­lic about the seg­re­ga­tion pol­icy.

Cabr­era said that in 2016, busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments in the city have been do­ing the seg­re­ga­tion pol­icy al­ready.

Anna Marie Gabi­gas of the Cebu Cham­ber of Com­merce Inc. urges the busi­ness own­ers to fol­low the seg­re­ga­tion scheme of the city.

In a sep­a­rate in­ter­view, De­part­ment of Pub­lic Services Head Roberto "Bob" Cabar­ru­bias said this year, they are ex­pect­ing that there is a de­crease of col­lected trash af­ter the grand pa­rade con­sid­er­ing that there are eco-sta­tions.

Last year, the DPS col­lected at least 155 tons of garbage along the Sin­u­log route.

How­ever, Cabar­ru­bias could not yet give es­ti­mates as to how many tons will be de­creased with the in­stal­la­tion of eco-sta­tions.

Tony Galon, founder of five pieces daily habit, said they are work­ing with the city gov­ern­ment in or­der to re­duce the tons of garbage dump to the fi­nal dis­posal site.

Ken Ron­dell Pa­jaya, Se­nior En­vi­ron­ment Man­age­ment Spe­cial­ist of the Solid Waste Man­age­ment Sec­tion of the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice-7, said they helped the city gov­ern­ment con­cep­tu­al­ize with the Sin­u­log Ba­sura Watch.

Mean­while, 142 street clean­ers will be de­ployed af­ter the grand pa­rade from 6 p. m to 6 a. m. to clean the streets.

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