Parañaque City Mayor Eric Olivarez thanked the city’s 16 barangay chairpersons for their “pivotal role” in solving the garbage pileup caused by the transition from the old to the new garbage hauling contractor.
Olivarez assured his constituents that the city government remained on top of the situation, and that he was focused on governance in collaboration with all stakeholders.
“We are thankful to all our barangay chairpersons for their full cooperation and support which enabled us to solve the problem in garbage collection,” Olivarez said.
“In fact, our barangay officials have issued certifications to the fact that garbage collection in their jurisdictions have returned to normal, and that out of the 16 barangays, 10 barangays have registered 100% collection efficiency,” the mayor added.
The other barangays registered between 70 percent to 90 percent efficiency, but the numbers are all expected to further improve in the coming days until everything has normalized.
“Of course, there are still some areas that we are working on, but these are mostly about collection schedules because our constituents have yet to adjust to the new time and date of garbage hauling,” he added.
Olivarez also gave assurance that the city’s award of contract to the new service provider was above board since the bids and awards committee issued an invitation to bid last December, and only one garbage hauling company submitted a bid.
“We awarded the contract to the lone bidder because otherwise, we would have a bigger problem without a garbage hauling contractor,” Olivarez explained.
He added that the contract price was Php400,000 higher than the previous contract because it reflects the current higher fuel prices, but still within the budget approved by the city council.
“We also thank the City Council members for their support and cooperation in resolving the issue, and we are always ready to find ways to ensure that the delivery of essential services to our people remain unhampered,” Olivarez said.