By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the creation of “Task Force Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Service Management’’ will ease the garbage collection woes in the city.
She said the move will provide a more comprehensive and strategic solid waste collection system the city needs in the wake of the increasing waste produced in the locality which is traced to the rise in population.
In Executive Order no. 3 series of 2019, Belmonte stressed the need to create a team that will ensure the implementation of solid waste collection, cleaning, and disposal.
“It is the policy of the City to promote the preservation, protection, and revival of the ecosystem through prevention, control, and abatement of air, water, and land pollution and the spread of hazardous wastes in the environment, hand-in-hand with the sustained development of the City,” EO no. 3 read.
The taskforce will supervise and manage the collection and transport of solid wastes as well as the collection maintenance and continuity in the city.
Belmonte said the group will also coordinate with the national agencies and barangays to implement solid waste collection and management and will recommend service providers for disposal services to the city mayor.
The Secretary to the Mayor will be the chairman of the Task Force on Solid Waste Collection and the head of the Environment Protection and Waste Management Department as the vice chairperson.
The heads of Barangay and Community Relations Department, Market Development and Administration Department, and Business Permits and Licensing Department will serve as the task force members.
The Secretary to the Mayor will also supervise an action team, which will serve as the implementing arm of the task group.