Garbage is still a problem in the city PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 11:11

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

In deference to the city’s garbage disposal office and the barangays for their efforts to clean the city,  it is sad to say garbage is still a big problem because of undisciplined and uneducated city residents. Time and again, the city government, barangay officials and even the City Health Office have issued many directives for city residents to dispose their garbage and trash properly but it seems majority of the city populace, especially those coming from the C and D family brackets C are incorrigible litterbugs. Most of them don’t learn and just don’t care. Worst, even college students and some professionals are contributory to the littering of our city streets and parks.

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The baywalk along RT Lim Blvd, formerly Cawa-Cawa blvd, Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco’s pet project for brisk walking exercise every early morning and also a favorite rendezvous of students, senior citizens and sunset gazing people in the early evening, has now been invaded by litterbugs and vandals. Garbage bins are strategically placed in the walking area, but still litterbugs prefer to throw their trash and garbage of food wrappers and paper containers anywhere in the walking area and vandals found the concrete sea walls a suitable place to write permanent messages with “pentel pens”. This is absurd and distasteful. The city must impose a heavy penalty against vandals and litterbugs and heavier if they are found to be students from our local schools and colleges.

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Noticeably alarming are the destruction of those decorative plants and flowers in the baywalk area. Almost all of those plants are dying even if the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) has assigned personnel to take care of those decorative plants. But since trash and garbage are thrown right on the trunk of those growing plants, it becomes toxic for their growth. This is a waste of public funds. A police unit assigned in the baywalk area must include them on their watchlist and apprehend litterbugs caught throwing  trash and garbage right in the walking area especially on those decorative plants. Some of our transient students in the city come from a community that has never practiced cleanliness in their homes and they must never be allowed to practice their filthy ways in Zamboanga City. They should be taught a lesson in cleanliness and “good manners and right conduct”.

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Table Talk is a weekend habitue of the baywalk for brisk walking exercise and inhale the clean sea breeze at Cawa-Cawa blvd. The baywalk area offers the best form of free exercise and sea breeze and all city residents who made the baywalk a part of their weekly destination, must help the city maintain its cleanliness and orderly and not rely on the garbage personnel of the city who are all overworked in collecting thash and garbage of ignorant city residents.

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Litterbugs come in many forms and status in the city. Table Talk has been a witness many times of classy litterbugs who ride in fancy Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) and just open their automatic windows and throw their food wrappers and fruit peelings right in the middle of road without giving a “hoot”. These are the “noveau rich” of the city who are undergoing “status shock” like from the gutter to the mansion. The city government and our authorities should awaken these people to come into the  reality of co-existence before they go crazy with their new found wealthy living.

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Scoop: Bad neighbors also find time to throw their home garbage and trash into their neighbor’s lawn and frontage without the patience of waiting for the scheduled collection of garbage by the barangay or the city government.These are the kind of neighbors that give you a stressful day and a cause for petty arguments. Be wary of this kind of neighbors and never show them you are intimidated, because the more they will do it, thinking you are afraid of them. Agree or disagree.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 11:16