Lobregat unveils 4 new dump trucks PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 16:06

Intended to improve and accelerate solid waste management program, the city government yesterday unveiled four new dump trucks bringing the number of garbage vehicles purchased from 2007 to present to 10 units.

Mayor Celso Lobregat spearheaded the turnover of the trucks to City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (OCENR) Engr. Reynerio Gonzales after Monsignor Peter Garces of Sta. Maria officiated the blessing rites in front of City Hall early yesterday morning.

Costing some P17million, the 4 garbage trucks are brand new units and have rear input and compactor and equipped with a small camera each that allows the driver to monitor if loading and unloading of the wastes is done or not.

Mayor Lobregat said the 4 trucks have a combined capacity of 60 cubic meters. He disclosed plans to purchase 10 more in the next two years to replace the existing dilapidated units acquired in the 1990’s.

He revealed there are 20 existing vintage trucks but many of these have been auctioned off and are no longer functioning. These dilapidated units had a capacity of only 4 cubic meters each.
“We have started laying the foundations of sound fiscal management in the first 3 years of our term and so now we are reaping the fruits of our labor. We are able to acquire garbage trucks to help solve our solid waste problem,” he said.

The chief executive stressed that Zamboanga City is growing and the number of households have been increasing thereby requiring an increased capacity and efficient garbage collection system.
On the other hand, the mayor said the city government through the OCENR and the Housing and Land Management Division intensifies its solid waste management program  by starting an advocacy program on segregation from household owners in the resettlement areas maintained by the city.

However, he said, one thing that the city is obliged to do the soonest possible time is the construction of a sanitary land fill system. Several hectares of lot have been purchased as site of the land fill system but more areas need to be acquired for the purpose.

Meanwhile, OCENR chief Engr. Gonzales said aside from tapping the support and cooperation of the barangays, the city is also tapping the urban poor associations at the community level in the advocacy to segregate wastes at source.

With the additional 4 new garbage trucks, the OCENR hopes to maintain a fleet of 22 garbage trucks to widely cover the strategic areas of the city.
He stressed that the support and cooperation of each and every resident of the city is very important to sustain cleanliness  and sanitation in Zamboanga.

Also present during the blessing and turnover of the garbage trucks yesterday morning were City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. and city department heads and other officials. — Sheila Covarrubias