Good—President hits LGU execs for trash collection failure


HE did it in Davao City, why can’t other local government officials properly manage garbage collection and disposal in their towns, cities and provinces?

We are glad that a dismayed President Rody Duterte has told off mayors and governors for failing to manage garbage collection and disposal in their areas.

He is disgusted about the streets throughout the country being strewn with trash and made ugly by mounds of garbage—despite the local officials’ having discretionary funds that may be used to keep their cities clean.

“Many localities in the country are so dirty and yet the mayors are not doing anything about it,” an irked Duterte said last Friday at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency office in Davao City. He found it disagreeable that many town executives did not care about the problem. He said, “There is trash and garbage all around and if you have to wait for the plastic to go inside the drainage every time there’s a downpour and excessive rainwater, then of course there will be clogging—and floods.”

He adverted to corruption among local government officials, noting that discretionary and intelligence funds are the easiest to pocket. The President said he would form a special team that will review how local officials are using their allocations.

“I will create a special team,” he said, and addressing the nation’s LGU execs directly as if they were in front of him, added, “I will review pati ‘yung intelligence funds ninyo (also your intelligence funds). ‘Yan ang pinakamadaling mapasok sa bulsa, eh. (That’s the easiest to pocket),” he said.

He gave a command: “‘Yung mga mayor na hindi performing (Those of you who are nonperforming mayors), you make your city clean and peaceful.”

He railed at some officials, saying those who have beautiful offices and use expensive vehicles should be ashamed of themselves.

We hope Duterte’s good tough talk stirs the laggard and corrupt local government executives into mending their ways.

Remember the Payatas landslide
Managing the local garbage is a must. No garbage mountain must ever be allowed to grow again.

We must never forget Payatas.

On July 10, 2000, after being soaked through by heavy rains that came with two consecutive typhoons, north Metro Manila’s infamous huge mountain of garbage in Payatas—which had been a happy source of junk and income for squatters living nearby and on the garbage mountain itself—finally collapsed. At least 300 people—men, women and children whose families lived and earned their living on the garbage mountain—were buried alive.

This moved the authorities to close the Payatas dumpsite. Congress passed the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. This law seeks to see the National Capital Region managing its garbage problem properly. It orders the local governments to dispose of garbage in sanitary landfills instead of throwing tons of it in unsanitary and health-hazardous open dumps that eventually bulge and grow into mountains, like Payatas.

The law’s more important goals is, however, to reduce—through recycling and composting—the amount of garbage in each household and reduce in each barangay, town and city the tons of garbage that needs to be dumped.

The law requires that half of all wastes be diverted into composting or recycling stations. The World Bank says the 50-percent requirement should rise slightly every few years until it reaches 93 percent.

It’s a very good law, says Froilan Grate, president of the Mother Earth Foundation, an organization that advocates zero waste.

But it’s not being implemented.


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  1. In manila: Quiapo,along recto,legarda,rizal ave. Del pan,escolta, around the vicinity of Rizal park (very dark),go there you will see how dirty those places are. Especially the streets around manila city hall..ewww. See it and smell for yourself ??

  2. Mayors with dirty cities are lazy. They should be audited by the national govt for corruption. They pocketed the budget for trash cans, garbage collection, and hiring if street cleaners.

  3. Garbage is a big business…ask the mayors. It is very lucrative and very simple in its mechanism. The mayor award to you the garbage pick-up, then you bill the city in accordance with the contract terms and you wait for payment…wait….wait…wait…then you pay the mayor according to his terms,…then you got paid. So when the waiting takes long the garbage also takes longer to collect. Remember in the GARBAGE there is COLLECTION..right Mr. Paranaque Mayor.

  4. kees koornstra on

    last year i made comment and posted pictures on a FB group here in Puerto Galera about garbage in White Beach along the road,than all what they did the SB made a resolution to declare me a Persona Non Grata and still am .The last Mayor did build a sanitary landfill on top of the Tamaraw Falls ,by pressure from the media it got halted but 66 million peso was wasted !! And we have still no proper landfill just open dumpsite but the new Mayor is doing his best for proper place to bring the garbage.

  5. Pasay City is one of the dirtiest and disorderly. The mayor is not known by many because he is not visible (only in casinos). Even Noli De Castro once asked who is the mayor of Pasay.

  6. Make the Mayors accountable for not implementing the Solid Waste Management Act. Municipalities should distribute standardized garbage drums from which people should only disposed their garbage. In the provinces they burned garbage in the backyard which is prohibited by law, but no authorities ever bothered to apprehend them.

  7. I also live in Marikina and now frequently sweep our own driveway whenever I can, and it is still not as clean as it used to be. The last mayor lost because he failed to do his job including keeping the city clean unlike the Fernando’s where we had regular street sweepers/garbage collection.

    I had to call the city hall 4 times during the term of the loosing mayor to complain of the garbage piling up on our main street. They simply said they had no volunteers to do the sweeping/garbage collection. I asked why volunteer sweepers? When did we stop paying regular street sweepers? Because we are regular taxpayers I added. That’s when the city employee got rude and said “lahat naman tayo taxpayer” before suddenly hanging up.

    The previous mayor skimped on public services paid for by Mariqueños taxes, may the incoming Mayor take warning and be an improvement.

  8. In paranaque, garbage are all over while the neighboring Las Pinas is clean. What is the difference ? Different mayors. The city needs big garbage boxes so that lazy undisiplined resident can throw their garbage there. Put penalize all people throwing garbage everywhere. Markina is another city that is very clean even in public markets. Why ? The mayor is doing her job. You mayors in these uncleaned cities, you should be ashamed of yourself . You are elected and you are not doing your job.