Baguio mayor pushes garbage fee-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan called on barangays to start collecting garbage fees as he vowed to finish the Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS) this year.
He called on village chiefs to join the city in collecting garbage fees as bulk of the fee will also go to barangay funds.
The city mayor challenged barangay officials in the recent assembly of village heads at the Association of Barangay Councils to increase collections.
Domogan said implementing the ISWMS will mean the city need not spend millions annually for hauling and tipping fees to the Urdaneta City landfill.
He said the local government has given the bulk of the share of 70 percent of the garbage fee collections to the barangays while only 30 percent will be the share of the City Government on these collections.
The mayor noted the poor collections of garbage fees from barangays as well as poor compliance on garbage segregation.
He said barangay treasurers have the obligation to collect and enforce remittance, computation of shares and determine households where the fee will be collected.
Barangays are also required to submit a master list of household availing of the services within the month after the issuance of the mayor's order and the said list must be updated every first quarter of the year.
Billing dates on garbage fees should be during the first 10 days of each month subject to discounts for early payers.
Barangays will also be required to monitor the compliance to the city's non-segregation-no-collection policy, indiscriminate dumping and anti-littering laws with the following penalty: warning for first offense; P500 for 2nd offense and P1,000 for third offense.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 08, 2014.