An official of the Metrowaste Solidwaste Management Corp. said they do not collect garbage fees from residents of Bacolod City since they are only involved in hauling services.
Overall operations manager Manuel Baal said yesterday that they also discourage their personnel from receiving gifts whether in cash or in kind from anyone.
He said they have already deployed eight steel bins in several areas of the city, like Barangay Bata, Mandalagan, Panaad in Alijis, Brgy 14 (Dawis), Sharina Heights in Taculing and three others, he said.
Baal said they are operating with 21 trucks, that include five owned by their company, and are expecting their other vehicles and equipment to arrive from Manila soon.
He also said they are able to collect more than 500 cubic meters of garbage a day and he believes they will be able to regularize their collection of garbage soon after they started operations on March 16.
So far, they have practically covered the whole of Bacolod, except for some barangays and are making some adjustments in their collection schedules in order to render more efficient service, he said.
Baal said their collection route includes Brgy. Bata in the north near the boundary of Talisay, Villa Angela and farther east, the downtown area and in the south, in Brgy. Pahanocoy and Punta Taytay.
Their hotline number is 456-3531, he said.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, in an interview over Aksyon Radyo yesterday, said Metrowaste is able to collect 576 cubic meters of garbage daily, against the collection of the city before that was only 366 cubic meters a day.
Leonardia said if the vehicles of Metrowaste breaks down, they can purchase spare parts right away, while it takes some time for the city to have its dump trucks repaired because of the official processes they have to go through first.
He said Metrowaste has been operating less than a month and has not yet perfected its operation. He is also asking the public to give them their feedback, on the new system, he said.*CGS