Roxas City Residents told to be Patient over Garbage Problems
By: FELIPE V. CELINO / The Daily Guardian
ROXAS City, Capiz — The Roxas City government is asking the residents to be patient over uncollected garbage.
City Administrator Gilbert Guarino-Tan asked the public to segregate their garbage and keep these inside their compound while waiting for the garbage trucks for collection.
“I am appealing to the public to be patient and be cooperative while the city government is trying its best to solve the problem as soon as possible”, Tan stressed.
Tan said garbage collection stopped as the bulldozer and backhoe rented by the city government from a private firm bogged down Friday last week due to mechanical trouble.
Tan said they asked other private firms to lease their available heavy equipment so that the city government can continue collecting trash.
Earlier, Roxas city Mayor Angel Alan Celino assured the public that the garbage problem will be solved when the P60-million sanitary landfill becomes operational next year.
The Environmental Management Bureau has given the go-signal for the construction of the sanitary landfill in San Jose village here.
Celino encouraged the public to intensify the cleanliness drive, saying garbage woes cannot be solved in just a day or two.
“We should have a concrete plan to come up with the best solution,” he said, adding that the sanitary landfill is one of the best solutions.
Celino said he will ask the City Council to purchase a brand new bulldozer, grader and dump truck.
The city’s heavy equipment, acquired during the time of the late Mayor Juliano Alba, “were already dilapidated and unserviceable,” he said.
Celino also said that “the dumping site in Barangay Sibaguan could no longer be used due to its bad condition.”
In fact, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources warned Celino that he could be administratively charged if garbage continues to be dumped in the open dumpsite.
“I’m willing to address the garbage problem of the city, but I also ask the cooperation of the people to do their share by segregating their waste,” Celino stressed.
Meanwhile, the mayor vowed to give more attention to the city’s tourism.