137 en­vi­ron­men­tal vi­o­la­tors is­sued with citation tick­ets

At least 137 peo­ple were is­sued with citation tick­ets for lit­ter­ing and smok­ing in pub­lic ar­eas in Cebu City from Jan­uary 10 to Jan­uary 13.

The Freeman - - NEWS - SINULOG Jean Marvette A. De­me­cillo/KBQ

Cebu City En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (CCENRO) has recorded 109 vi­o­la­tors of lit­ter­ing, 25 vi­o­la­tors of anti-smok­ing, one vi­o­la­tor of solid waste seg­re­ga­tion, and two vi­o­la­tors of solid waste man­age­ment.

CCENRO has de­ployed 212 barangay en­vi­ron­ment of­fi­cers since Thurs­day.

CENRO Head Ma. Nida Cabr­era said her of­fice is strictly im­ple­ment­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal laws and or­di­nances to en­sure the clean­li­ness of the city streets all through­out the Sinulog.

Last year, CENRO ap­pre­hended over 2,000 vi­o­la­tors.

Cabr­era hopes the num­ber of vi­o­la­tors will de­crease this year.

Aside from devo­tees vis­it­ing Basil­ica Mi­nore del Sto. Niño, she said, her of­fice will also start ap­pre­hend­ing erring ven­dors who in­dis­crim­i­nately throw­ing garbage and other trash along the Sinulog Grand Pa­rade route and the Plaza In­de­pen­den­cia.

CCENRO has set up 24 eco­sta­tions to min­i­mize the vol­ume of garbage on the pa­rade route.

Each eco-sta­tion has four garbage re­cep­ta­cles each la­beled with the cor­re­spond­ing type of waste.

Cabr­era said ven­dors are not al­lowed to throw garbage into the eco-sta­tions, which are only in­tended for Sto. Niño devo­tees and Sinulog rev­el­ers.

Those who will be caught will be fined P1,000 for first of­fense. For suc­ceed­ing of­fenses, the fines will go up as high as P3,000.

Mean­while, Coun­cilor David Tu­mu­lak, chair­man of the Sinulog Foun­da­tion Inc. (SFI)—Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, is now gear­ing for the 39th Sinulog Grand Pa­rade on Jan­uary 20.

He said at least 24 con­tin­gents will join the com­pe­ti­tion.

Also, 10 pup­peteers, 24 hi­gantes, and 42 floats will par­tic­i­pate in the grand pa­rade.

The grand pa­rade will also show­case six guest per­form­ers from Sandiego Dance Com­pany, Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice, South Ko­rea, Cebu City Gov­ern­ment, Cebu Prov­ince, and Tan­gub City.

As for Sinulog’s weather fore­cast, Metro Cebu is likely to ex­pe­ri­ence rains in time for the Sinulog fes­tiv­i­ties this week­end.

A low pres­sure area may en­ter the Philip­pine Area of Re­spon­si­bil­ity on Thurs­day and may last un­til Sun­day.

But rain or shine, Tu­mu­lak said, the Sinulog Grand Pa­rade will go on as sched­uled at the Cebu City Sports Cen­ter. —

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