BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
The IPM-Construction and Development Corp. is proposing to implement a new waste collection schedule in the numbered barangays in Bacolod City for more efficient hauling services.
Neil Marcelino, IPM-CDC project supervisor, said the proposed collection scheme will help improve their collection efforts and hasten their services by avoiding traffic and prevent uncollected garbage from becoming an eyesore to the public.
Marcelino said there are some residents who take out their garbage past the hauling schedule from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and that will be collected the next day.
There are also small streets in the numbered barangays that could not be penetrated by garbage trucks. However, they have regular collection schedules in major markets and subdivisions, and some main streets, he said.
Marcelino said they also want to encourage the numbered barangays to establish collection points in areas accessible to their trucks.
Horace Yap, IPM-CDC consultant, said they will meet with the concerned barangays after they have finalized their proposal. They will propose that the barangays dispose of their garbage from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily, instead of 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Yap said they discussed the proposal during a meeting with the Department of Public Services and the Solidwaste Management Board.
He said the IPM-CDC is also planning to purchase a property adjacent to the existing sanitary landfill in Brgy. Felisa for the construction of another landfill facility, and will also put up a materials recovery facility in the area.
Yap said the IPM-CDC has been operating in Bacolod City for almost four years now. Currently, its contract, that expired on Dec. 31, has been extended until April.
It collects an average of 34,000 cubic meters of garbage a month in Bacolod but this reaches to 42,000 cubic meters during peak season, he said.
Marcelino added that IPM-CDC has 220 garbage collectors and 71 garbage trucks, including the 12 new units.*