Meycauayan waste woes worsen, garbage floods waterways
by Allan Yves Briones
The Commission on Audit (COA) found uncontrolled dumping of wastes in Meycauayan, Bulacan, clogging even waterways to coastal areas.
In the 2018 annual audit report, state auditors disclosed that an ocular inspection of the main road leading to McArthur Highway and the waterways from Meymart to Barangay Liputan revealed the presence of garbage, prohibited under Republic Act No. 9003.
A subsequent inquiry with Barangay Liputan explained that they did not have the resources to collect garbage from the waterways, dumped mostly by the residents.
“Ocular inspection of the main road and selected places where the (City Environment and Natural Resources Office’s) signboard indicating a ‘BAWAL MAGTAPON or No Dumping of Wastes’ sign was installed was actually used by residents as dumping area for garbage,” the report read.
State auditors noted that garbage collection schedules were not posted in public places, possibly hindering the residents from knowing when and where to bring their garbage for collection.
“It was also noticed that there was no designated garbage truck to collect a specific type of wastes. The collected wastes should be segregated by assigning a garbage truck, such as for purely market wastes, where the collected wastes may be dumped in the composting pits for conversion into fertilizer,” COA said.
The state auditing agency called on the city government of Meycauayan to enforce anti-littering ordinances, even installing CCTVs to monitor movement of people and vehicles dumping garbage anywhere.
As stated in the report, Meycauayan officials promised their full compliance. #
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