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Long-term solutions for city’s garbage problem

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ROXAS CITY—Mayor Angel Alan Celino is asking for patience and support from his constituents as the city government is seeking to provide a long-term solution to the garbage problem in this city.


“Being aware that such problems cannot be solved in a day or two, this office must have a concrete plan to come up with the best solutions to the garbage problem,” Celino said on a Facebook post of the city government's press bureau recently.


One of the best solutions, he said, is the sanitary landfill to be put up at Brgy. San Jose which “would serve as Roxas City’s credible dumping site for its ever-increasing volumes of wastes.”


Citing the 2008 Rapid Waste Assessment and Characterization Study conducted by the German Technical Cooperation and the Environmental Management Bureau of Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 6, the volume of garbage in the city is pegged at 73 metric tons daily or a total of 26,679 metric tons a year.


Celino stressed that the study was conducted before big plants and businesses such as Robinsons Place Roxas (which opened in February this year) was built.


The mayor also appealed to the City Council for the approval of the purchase of brand new bulldozer, grader and dump truck. The city’s heavy equipment, Celino said, were acquired during the term of late Mayor Juliano Alba, and became “dilapidated and unserviceable.” Celino guaranteed to search for more funds to buy heavy equipment needed in gathering garbage.


“My office will continuously look for more funds to upgrade the city’s heavy equipment badly needed in hauling and in collecting garbage. I owe this to you, my beloved constituents,” he said.


Celino said that the city's residents and the increasing number of businesses have contributed to the “bigger” volume of wastes generated.


“Businesses and industrial plants in Roxas City have remarkably mushroomed in recent months. The Department of Tourism regional office in Western Visayas has noted that Roxas City, at one time became the fastest growing city in the region in terms of the construction of hotels and tourism-related businesses,” he said.


“Naturally, this resulted in a bigger volume of wastes, something that, admittedly, this administration needs to address quickly and on a long term basis.”


He asked for the people's cooperation so that the garbage problem will be solved. “In the meantime, I appeal for your help, support and understanding until such time that we have acquired the necessary resources needed to beef up our solid waste management program. With everybody’s support, I am positive that I will never fail in any endeavor.”

 

(Ralph John Mijares)

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