Hauling expenses rise

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

THE sudden increase in the amount of garbage disposed to the Urdaneta City sanitary landfill has alarmed the Baguio City council.

During Monday’s regular session of the city council, councilor Peter Fianza brought up the issue regarding the increased fees paid by the city government for the disposal of garbage to Urdaneta City.

Based on the financial report of the City Accounting Office, the tipping fees paid by the city from January to June have reached P24 million and hauling fees paid have reached P22.3 million for the same period.


Comparing to the P45 million total of tipping fee and P26 million hauling fee paid for the whole of 2013, Fianza was alarmed by the significant difference of the figures assuming the volume of garbage has increased.

General Services Office chief Romeo Concio affirmed the waste disposed in Urdaneta increased from the 127 tons per day in 2013 to 157 to 162 tons per day in the first half of 2014.

While the haul out in the month of December 2013 alone was 100 tons per day, Fianza noted it shoot up to 160 tons per day in January-February.

However, Concio highlighted there has been a gradual decrease in waste hauled out from 162 tons per day in June to 155 tons per day in July.

"Please take note that our garbage generation or collection can be attributed to population and economic activities," Concio stressed.

Concio added the monsoon has also affected the quality of waste explaining it is aggravated by wetness.

Furthermore, Concio emphasized while their office is mandated to reduce garbage through solid waste programs, their office is actually projecting an inevitable 10 to 15 percent increase annually.

Members of the city council meanwhile expressed dismay on Concio’s justifications.

The discrepancy in the weight of garbage has prompted Councilor Isabelo Cosalan to ask Concio how the wastes are being weighed and monitored in Urdaneta City sanitary landfill.

Concio explained the wastes from the city brought to Lamtang in La Trinidad are measured per cubic meter while the garbage are measured and paid in metric ton in Urdaneta.

This difference in the measurement causes disparity which Concio said is very minimal.

In addition, Concio admitted the wastes are only being monitored from Baguio City to the transfer station in Lamtang.

But as for the travel of wastes from Lamtang to Urdaneta City where garbage is weighed, it is only being monitored by a GSO staff once in a while.

Fianza and Cosalan fear the wastes being hauled to Urdaneta are not only from Baguio but are muddled with wastes from nearby municipalities.

Fianza told the media after the regular session with the slackness of the GSO on the matter, it may be assumed there might be other reasons for the increase in the volume of garbage aside from the lack of implementation of waste segregation.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 21, 2014.

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