The local government of Quezon City’s expenses for collection and hauling of garbage to sanitary dumps reached over a billion last year, according to a 2014 audit report by the Commission on Audit (COA).
Based on the city’s consolidated statement of income and expenses, it spent P1,014,195,457 for Environment/Sanitary Services in 2014.
The figure has been increasing since 2009, when P755,264,596 was spent.
In 2010, it rose to P828,714,386 then P920,757,953 in 2011.
The collection expenses fell to P903,715,477 in 2012 and again rose to P994,590,354 in 2013.
Quezon City is followed by Manila, the country’s capital, which spent P512.564 million for garbage hauling in 2013 and Makati City, the business capital, which paid P440.157 million in the same year.
Quezon City is the largest of 16 cities and one municipality in Metro Manila both in terms of population and land area.
It covers almost one-fourth of Metro Manila (National Capital Region) with 16,112.8 ha. or 160 sq. km. and its population of more than 2.9 million is the biggest in the NCR.
The P1.014 billion would mean about P340 from each resident.