Celso fortififies solid waste program; 6 new dump trucks unveiled PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 August 2012 13:49

True to his commitment to continuously reinforce the city’s solid waste management program, Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday unveiled another set of 6 garbage compactor trucks, bringing the total number of new garbage vehicles purchased from 2007 to present to 22.

The unveiling of the 6 new units yesterday was the third for this year. Last January 16, six new garbage trucks were inaugurated while last July 11, a set of 4 new trucks were also unveiled.

Mayor Lobregat said with the continuous purchase of new waste collection vehicles, the City Government through the Office of City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (OCENR) is gradually dropping from the roster of vintage garbage vehicles which were acquired in the early 1990’s as reconditioned units.

Of the 36 antiquated garbage trucks, 11 have already been dropped as it has been declared unserviceable. On the process of being dropped are 7 units while scheduled for property return, are 10 other garbage trucks which are expected to conk out anytime soon. 

The old and vintage garbage trucks have to be declared as ‘property return’ as they are no longer viable, economically, according to Mayor Lobregat.
He said more of the antiquated trucks will be replaced in 2013.

“This is part of our campaign to strengthen our solid waste management program and our stepped up cleanliness drive,” the mayor stressed.

The unveiling rite, held at the City Hall grounds yesterday morning, started with the blessing of the facilities led by Monsignor Peter Garces and graced by Councilors Rudy Lim, Rey Candido and Rogelio Valesco Jr. The blessing ceremony was followed with the turnover of the trucks from General Service Officer Engr. Rene de la Cruz, to Mayor Lobregat and eventually to City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Rey Gonzales. Immediately after, the trucks were dispatched to their areas of assignment.

Unlike the older units, the compactor type garbage trucks are equipped with a rear input and compactor and equipped with a small camera each that allows the driver to monitor if loading and unloading of the waste is done or not. The 6 units cost approximately P28 million.

“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,” Mayor Lobregat added.

Meanwhile, Engr. Gonzales expressed elation that the additional new garbage trucks will help improve garbage collection efficiency. Nevertheless, he said the effort to strengthen the solid waste management program will only be successful with the all out support and cooperation of the households and each and every resident of the city.

Aside from tapping the support and cooperation of the different barangays, the OCENR, has also tapped the assistance of urban poor and homeowners associations at the community level in the advocacy to segregate garbage at source.

Engr. Gonzales said the trucks will be deployed to strategic areas of the city. — Sheila Covarrubias