Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday appealed for public cooperation during the adjustment period of Metrowaste Solidwaste Management Corp. in its collection of garbage in Bacolod City.
“This is what we call birth pains, like in any endeavor. This is a project that entails the participation and involvement of everybody in Bacolod,” he said.
Metrowaste started its operations only on Saturday, but Leonardia said “I can say, so far so good.”
“We would like to expect that the same cooperation and respect given to the garbage collectors of the city will also be extended to Metrowaste. After all, it is our concern to keep Bacolod clean,” he said.
The operation of Metrowaste, that was supposed to start early this month, started Saturday due to the delay in the shipment of their vehicles and equipment, Manuel Baal, its operations manager, said.
However, Baal said they are trying to cope and, even if it costs them a lot, they decided to rent dump trucks to be able to start their operations in Bacolod.
Four of the 24 dump trucks they are using belong to Metrowaste while the rest were rented, Baal said.
They have two big trucks arriving this week and they are also expecting the delivery of hook lift trucks and eight steel bins, he said.
Baal said they will bring in 50 steel bins of varied sizes.
He said a dump truck of Metrowaste can haul 18 cubic meters of garbage and can do the job that three trucks of the city can perform.
They have utilized 40 personnel of the DPS and the rest are garbage collectors, as what has been agreed on, he said, adding they will be paid on a weekly basis.
City Administrator John Orola said they will meet with the different sectors next week and will hold an orientation of personnel regarding the policies of Metrowaste.
Orola said they have been meeting with Department of Public Services head Nelson Sedillo and his engineers so they will be able to identify areas where garbage can be easily collected.
Sedillo said they also held a meeting to identify areas where garbage will be collected in the three major markets.
He said Metrowaste will help in the formation and education campaign to push for waste segregation.
Meanwhile, Leonardia said Belly Aguillon, who has been with the city government for 35 years, has been promoted as city engineer.
Leonardia said it is a well-deserved position. She is a good example of how it is in public service when one is faithful and committed to one’s job, he said.
Aguillon said more than 30 employees of the CEO were also promoted.*CGS