BORACAY – The ECOS Sanitary Landfill and Waste Management Corporation said the municipal government of Malay, Aklan owed them a whooping P115 million for last year’s Boracay garbage hauling.
But ECOS spokesman Alex Carlo Magno said the unpaid debts of Malay town for eight months will not hinder them from hauling the garbage in the world-famous island.
Last year, the contracted garbage collector allegedly received only P72.375 million for the January to May billing, having the last payment made in the month of November.
The municipality has an annual budget of P50 million and a supplemental budget of P15 million for the garbage operations and hauling of ECOS, but Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office designate Mariane Sinel said Malay needs at least P130-million budget yearly for the hauling of garbage and P40 million for the operation.
“Paulit ulit ang problema natin sa basura. Kulang ang budget para sa hauling. Nakakatanggap tayo ng complaint sa 888 Hotline at sa mga residente kapag hindi nakolekta ang mga basura, simula noong Typhoon ‘Ursula.’ Bumabalik na naman ang problema dahil hindi natin kaagad nahakot ang mga basura,” Sinel added on Jan. 23.
Typhoon “Ursula” struck Malay town and Boracay Island on Dec. 25. It left debris and garbage piled up in beachfronts and village roads.
“May mga Philippine Army at haulers association na tumulong upang makolekta ang mga basura dahil nagkaroon ng problema ang ECOS sa kanilang mga helpers at drivers,” Sinel said.
Meanwhile, Magno urged the cooperation of the residents and the business owners by observing the proper schedule of the garbage pick-up and waste segregation.
“Kailangan may sistema ang lahat upang maayos ang pag-kolekta natin. May mga residente tayo na wala sa oras ang pagtapon sa mga designated points, dapat 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. sila magtapon,” Magno said.
“Pigang-piga na kami, sa gasolina ng barge, sa sweldo ng tao, maintenance ng trucks, sa dami ng operational expenses dahil hindi pa halos makabayad ang local government unit of Malay sa ECOS,” he added.
Currently, there are nine ECOS garbage trucks working daily from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. to collect garbage in designated points in the barangays of Manoc-Manoc, Balabag and Yapak.
The garbage trucks are shipped in a barge from the staging area in Barangay Manoc-Manoc to Sambiray port in mainland Malay. The trucks then dump the garbage in the Kabulihan sanitary landfill maintained by ECOS.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)