Baguio's garbage woes refuse to disappear
BAGUIO CITY—The city's continuing garbage problem indicates that residents and businesses here have failed to comply with a policy on waste segregation, a city official said.
“We observed then that there was success in waste reduction. But lately, we have not noticed any change. It will appear on our records that the volume of garbage dumped in [landfills in] Tarlac and Urdaneta City has increased,” Fianza said.
“We may not have improved the system of handling our garbage, from the storage, to handling, and then segregation,” he added.
Fianza warned that should the city fail to reduce its wastes, the local government would spend more for hauling and dumping, especially during the rainy season.
He said the city used to generate 117 to 130 tons of garbage a day, but the volume increased to 140 to 160 tons daily.
The city government, he said, has been spending around P260,000 a day for hauling and tipping fees.
“About P300,000 a day is spent for taking care of biodegradable and nonbiodegradable wastes. This amount does not even include personnel cost, [garbage] collection from barangays to staging areas and the cost of dump trucks,” Fianza said.
In the multisectoral workshop, “Demystifying the city budget for waste management,” held at the University of the Philippines Baguio on Sept. 25, participants assailed the city government for using more than P214 million of the city’s 2013 budget for solid waste management.