Parañaque City Mayor Eric L. Olivarez today has ordered an investigation into possible “malicious and deliberate” acts by the city’s former garbage hauling contractor that resulted in trash pileups during the recent Christmas and New Year holidays.
The mayor said he received reports that water and electrical facilities, as well as the sewage treatment plant or STP, in the city’s garbage transfer station were disabled by the previous contractor, which prevented the processing of trash when the new contractor took over on January 1.
“These are very serious allegations, and we will send the previous contractor a letter asking for an explanation,” he said.
“Nevertheless, we are happy to announce that despite that glitch, our garbage collection has already returned to normal and there are no more pileups in major and secondary streets, and even inside subdivisions and communities,” Olivarez said.
He thanked the city’s 16 barangay chairpersons for their support and cooperation, which he said was instrumental in the immediate resolution of the problem in a matter of days.
“We really appreciate the help of our barangay officials because they went above and beyond their mandates to ensure that our communities are clean and our constituents safe and healthy,” he added.
The city experienced some garbage pileups around Christmas time as the former contractor reportedly started pulling out personnel and trucks, as evidenced by reports and complaints received by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office or CENRO at that time.
The pileups worsened around New Year when people traditionally prepare more food, which generated more trash. By this time, the former contractor had reportedly stopped collecting trash altogether.
“We were ready for an efficient and orderly transition in garbage hauling,” the mayor said. “Unfortunately, there have been acts that are beyond our control, but we promise to look into this matter and find out who is really responsible.”