Eco-sta­tions ready to keep Cebu City clean

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Odessa O. Leyson/GAN — Jean Marvette A. De­me­cillo/GAN

The Cebu City En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (CCENRO) has es­tab­lished eco-sta­tions along the Sinulog route, as well as in Plaza sa Sugbo and at Plaza In­de­pen­den­cia.

Last Fri­day, per­son­nel from CCENRO in­stalled the eco-sta­tions in those ar­eas in or­der to en­sure the clean­li­ness of the city, con­sid­er­ing the in­flux of devo­tees dur­ing Sinulog fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tion.

The eco-sta­tions are made up of tents where four garbage re­cep­ta­cles la­belled with cor­re­spond­ing type of waste which in­cludes biodegrad­able, non-biodegrad­able, resid­ual and spe­cial waste are placed.

CCENRO Head Nida Cabr­era told The FREE­MAN that most of the eco-sta­tions are lo­cated along Os­meña Boule­vard, since it is the main street for the grand pa­rade and venue for other Sinulog events.

This is the sec­ond year that CCENRO im­ple­mented this garbage dis­posal scheme in or­der to ed­u­cate the pub­lic to throw their garbage prop­erly.

“Nakakolekta mi last year, al­most six tons of trash sa atong mga eco-sta­tions. So, kon wala pa nakakolekta, apil to sa nag­pasad sa dalan,” Cabr­era said.

In fact, to en­sure that after the Sinulog events there will be less trash seen on the streets, the city gov­ern­ment will still im­ple­ment the anti-lit­ter­ing or­di­nance.

Cabr­era said the Barangay En­vi­ron­men­tal Of­fi­cers (BEOs) will rep­ri­mand those who vi­o­late the or­di­nance for the first of­fense. They will then is­sue citation tick­ets for the sub­se­quent in­frac­tion.

Un­der the anti-lit­ter­ing or­di­nance, vi­o­la­tors who were given citations will have to pay a fine amount­ing to P500 up to P1,000 or ren­der com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Cabr­era said there are 220 BEOs de­ployed in var­i­ous streets in the City of Cebu to ap­pre­hend vi­o­la­tors.

She added there will also be around 40 vol­un­teers from the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Bureau (EMB)-7 who will help the city in en­forc­ing the or­di­nance.

They will roam around the city bring­ing plas­tic bags in or­der to pick up trashes that were lit­tered along the streets. They would start de­ploy­ing per­son­nel to­day.

For this year, she asked the pub­lic to help the city gov­ern­ment in mak­ing the city clean even dur­ing and after the Sinulog cel­e­bra­tion.

“Akong hangyo sa tanan mo­tam­bong sa atong Sinulog nga unta mota­bang sila nga mag­pa­bil­ing limpyo ang atong siyu­dad kay ang ba­sura atoa ng in­di­vid­ual nga re­spon­si­bil­ity. Og dili nato ati­manon ang prob­lema moba­lik ra na­tong tanan,” Cabr­era said.

At least four schools are be­ing pre­pared to house the com­pet­ing con­tin­gents from neigh­bor­ing towns and prov­inces for the 39th Sinulog Grand Pa­rade on Sun­day.

Cebu City Coun­cilor David Tu­mu­lak, chair­man of the Sinulog Foun­da­tion Inc.-Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, said the bil­let­ing schools are La­ban­gon El­e­men­tary School, Abel­lana Na­tional School, Regino Mer­cado El­e­men­tary School and Cebu City Cen­tral School.

“Nag-an­dam na ta sa ilang ka­puyan. Mangabot atong mga out-of-town con­tin­gents sugod karong Tues­day (we are pre­par­ing the bil­let­ing places. The out-of-town con­tin­gents will start ar­riv­ing on Tues­day),” he told The FREE­MAN.

Tu­mu­lak said the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Ser­vices and the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion Cebu City Divi­sion have pre­pared the ad­di­tional light­ing and por­ta­ble toi­lets for the con­tin­gents.

He said the con­tin­gents will be equally dis­trib­uted among the dif­fer­ent schools, with each ac­com­mo­dat­ing not more than four con­tin­gents.

The out-of-town con­tin­gents are Placer, Suri­gao del Norte; Mur­cia, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal; Prov­ince of North Cota­bato; and Liloy, Zam­boanga del Norte.

The con­tin­gents from Cebu Prov­ince are Daan­ban­tayan, Cebu; cities of Car­car, Tal­isay and Bogo; and the towns of Gi­nati­lan and Con­so­la­cion.

The con­tin­gents that will be housed in Abel­lana Na­tional School are con­tin­gents from Con­so­la­cion, Cebu; Prov­ince of North Cota­bato; Mur­cia, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal; and Placer, Suri­gao del Norte.

Con­tin­gents from Tal­isay City and Liloy, Zam­boanga del Norte will be housed at Regino Mer­cado El­e­men­tary School while con­tin­gents from Car­car City and Gi­nati­lan will stay at the La­ban­gon El­e­men­tary School.

Props and con­tin­gents of Bogo City and Daan­ban­tayan will stay at the Cebu City Cen­tral School.

Tu­mu­lak said the same setup in the pre­vi­ous years will be im­ple­mented to en­sure that there will be no classes that will be dis­rupted.

He said pos­si­ble makeup classes will be done for the af­fected classes.

In the pre­vi­ous years, af­fected classes will hold classes for at least five con­sec­u­tive Satur­days to cover the af­fected classes.

For the Sinulog Grand Pa­rade this com­ing Sun­day, at least 24 con­tin­gents will com­pete for the ti­tle. The num­ber of con­tin­gents is fewer com­pared to last year’s 30.

This year, how­ever, will have five guest per­for­mances from Sin­dan­du­loy Cul­tural Dance Troupe of Tan­gub City, Cebu City Gov­ern­ment, Cebu Prov­ince, Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice, and the Wonju Dy­namic Danc­ing Car­ni­val from South Ko­rea.

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