Duterte to form task force to address garbage problem caused by scavengers

October 18, 2009 10:17 pm 

DAVAO CITY, Oct. 19 — Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte has called for the formation of a task force composed of sanitary and environment officers to address the indiscriminate littering of garbage by scavengers within the city.

Speaking during the formal inauguration over the weekend of the sanitary landfill project of P261 million in Barangay Carmen, Tugbok District here, Duterte said he observed some scavengers, many of them children, scour for garbage and leave behind those they find not useful.

Duterte said he can no longer rely on the police to reprimand the children so that they will not be charged with violating children's rights.

“We need to form a task force that will convince these kids that after they gather the garbage, they return inside the bins the rubbish they find not useful,” he said.

He said this behavior is observed more in the city proper than the subdivisions.

Duterte said the litter usually aggravates flooding.

He said the local government still needs to clear several waterways blocked by structures to ease the flooding, but politics intervened in the initiatives.

“And to think everybody is complaining about garbage and the need to drain water during flooding,” Duterte pointed out.

He called the sanitary landfill project in Barangay Carmen a milestone in the local government's effort to comply with the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, or Republic Act 9003.

Duterte said with the modern landfill, the city is assured of freedom from health hazards brought by pollution from improper waste management.

With an area of 3.8 hectares, the landfill can accommodate the 16-cubic meter daily waste bulk the city generates. It can accommodate a total of 1.2 million cubic meters of waste and would last for eight years.

The project was built by IPM Construction and Development Corporation headed by company president Isabelita Mercado.

Project engineer Ogie Quintos said the project can be extended for another 10 years or more. (PNA) LDV/JSGDalumpines/lvp

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