GAS DISTRIBUTION In this file photo dated July 6, 2021, garbage trucks, including those operated by barangays in Cebu City, form a long line at the Inayawan Transfer Station, waiting for their turn to collect the To dispose of garbage. Scenes like this will not be seen for a while after an injunction by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) 7 against the city’s private contractor, who is responsible for the transfer station, effectively closes the facility. In order to dispose of the collected garbage, the barangays of Cebu City now have to deposit their garbage directly at a landfill in Barangay Binaliw in the northern district. The Cebu city government said it would provide gas allocations for the southern district’s barangays to cover the longer trip. / SunStar file

ALL 34 barangays in the southern district of Cebu City will receive an additional gas allocation of 200 liters per month for each of their garbage trucks in order to cover the distance to Barangay Binaliw in the northern district for garbage disposal as part of the temporary shutdown of the garbage transfer station in Brgy. Inayawan was ordered by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

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The EMB Central Visayas has issued a cease and desist order against RMI Solid Waste Management and Fouling Services and effectively closed the Inayawan waste transfer station, where a 10.8 meter high pile of rubbish has accumulated. RMI, which operates the transfer station, was 15 days to pay a fine of 105,000 pesos for violating Terms 2 and 3 of the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) issued in 2017. The EMB has also issued a cease and desist order to the city’s private contractor, Docast, instructing it to stop accepting waste and dispose of the collected rubbish immediately at the Brgy landfill. Binaliw instead of bringing this to Inayawan. Based on the EMB orders, Cebu City Administrator Floro Casas Jr. said that all barangays in the city must dispose of their garbage directly, preferably at the Binaliw landfill. The policy prompted Barangay Southern District Captains to voice their concerns in a meeting Thursday morning July 8th with the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (LDRRMO), led by Ramil Ayuman, on The Road Up To The Northern Barangay from Binaliw. Casas said Mayor Edgardo Labella hired June Maratas, the head of the Department of General Services (DGS), to handle the additional fuel allocations for the 34 barangays of the southern district. Our system is in place from garbage collection to disposal, ”said Casas in a mix from Cebuano and English. “Please rest assured that our city is due to the closure of the ur transfer station in Inayawan,” added Casas. In the meantime, Maratas said, while DGS will start increasing by 200 liters per month for each of the southern Barangay garbage trucks, this may change depending on the actual situation. Currently, Cebu may The city’s fuel allocation for each of its 80 barangays is between 300 and 400 liters per month.

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