Solons castigate MMDA for failure to solve MM trash woes

LAWMAKERS yesterday castigated officials of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for their failure to solve the garbage problem in Metro Manila despite huge resources.

Quezon City Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo, who chairs the House committee on Metro Manila development, questioned the MMDA’s failure to implement Republic Act (RA) No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

Mother Earth Foundation chairperson Sonia Mendoza said RA 9003 must be strictly implemented, especially in the barangay level to resolve the Metro Manila’s garbage concern.

During the Castelo panel hearing, MMDA Planning and Design Division Engineer Emilio Llavor said there are 56,052.37 cubic meters garbage per day in 2018 in Metro Manila that require P1.77-billion to dispose these to the sanitary landfill.

“If the money is spent solely for the entire collection of the garbage, it is expected that Metro Manila will be cleansed and absent from any form of thrash,” said Castelo.

“Bakit marami pa tayong nakikita na basura sa mga waterways, riverbanks, creeks, at sidewalks? Hindi po ba nagkakaroon ng overpayment because the money is more than sufficient to contain the volume of thrash.  Seemingly, there is overpayment,” said Castelo.

“We should be more aggressive in complying with the law. The importation of the Canadian thrash would not have happened if we are proactive in doing our job,” Castelo added.

Negros Oriental Rep. Arnie “Arnulfo” Teves hit Llavor and MMDA legal office chief Crisanto Saruca for failing to answer about his concern on yellow lane violators.

Teves said MMDA officials are allegedly sleeping on their jobs, prompting him to call for the agency’s abolition.

Marikina City Rep. Bayani Fernando, a former MMDA chairman, said it was unfortunate that the MMDA was not taking seriously the panel hearing.

“Seryosohin nyo kami. This is the most important committee in Congress for the MMDA.  No less than the general manager of the MMDA should be here,” said Fernando. “They’re always on media, but they don’t seem to have time for us here in Congress. So please convey that message.”