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PIA Press Release
2010/02/08

Oro dad mulls 50-50 garbage fee sharing scheme law

Cagayan de Oro City (8 February) -- City Mayor Constantino "Tinnex" Jaraula is pushing for the passage of an ordinance granting barangays with 50% share on garbage fees collected by the city government from local business establishments.

The 50-50 garbage fee sharing scheme between the city government and barangays was broached by Mayor Jaraula when he recently convened concerned City Hall officials to address the growing problem on indiscriminate throwing of garbage.

This even as the City Mayor ordered City Administrator Griscelda Joson, City Legal Officer Atty. Maryanne Chavez-Enteria, City Health Officer Dr. Jerie Calingasan, City Police Deputy Director Police Superintendent Antonio Montalba, City Public Services Officer Engr. Mario Batar and his key staff to craft an ordinance for the purpose.

Mayor Jaraula expressed optimism that the granting of the 50% garbage fee sharing scheme will encourage barangay officials to actively implement city's anti-littering and sanitation laws.

"Malipay na sila (barangays). The city must be equitable because if they don't have share (garbage fee), they don't have also the capability to collect," the City Chief Executive explained, citing that the 50% share on garbage fee shall go to the 'operationally-working' barangays from where it (fee) was collected.

According to Engr. Batar, the city government collects about P9.0 million on garbage fee annually.

Aside from the sharing scheme, Mayor Jaraula also recommended the adoption of a 'reward system' that would give incentive package to outstanding business establishments and households who practice proper waste segregation at home.

"In this way, you are teaching them to value cleanliness and sanitation," Mayor Jaraula said, adding that the lack of values formation among residents has contributed to the indiscriminate throwing of garbage on the streets and illegal dumping into creeks, canals and waterways.

Based on the data presented by the City Public Services Office, the city collects 120 tons of garbage daily while barangays equipped with garbage trucks collects 38 tons a day and 42 tons daily comes from private collection.

At present, only 11 units of city-owned garbage trucks are operational. This year, Mayor Jaraula will acquire three (3) additional mini-dump trucks for garbage collection. (City Information Office) [top]

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