Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has set aside at least P83 million to keep Manila clean and to address the existing garbage problem, starting from collection and transportation to disposal system.
Floods have swamped many parts of Manila during the recent habagat rains due to waterways clogged with garbage.
“To address the garbage problem, I have already set aside P45 million for the Department of Public Services to hire 1,000 street sweepers and another P38 million to purchase six dump trucks,” Estrada said.
Estrada said he is just waiting for the City Council to approve the resolution for the implementation of the project.
He also warned the city’s hauling contractor, IPM, to improve its garbage collection or he will revoke its contract with the city government.
Estrada likewise appealed to PhilEco, the barge operator that transports tons of garbage to the Navotas dumpsite, to prioritize hauling the waste from Manila.