Cebu City ‘overpays for trash trips’

CEBU CITY -- The Cebu City Government was placed at a disadvantage in its contract to haul garbage from the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill to Consolacion town, a City Hall official said.

Landfill manager Engr. Randy Navarro said the City still pays the whole amount for the rental of dump trucks and heavy equipment, even if its supplier fails to meet some contract provisions.

He recommended that City Hall amend the purchase order with Armed Builders and Supply for the rental of heavy equipment and dump trucks.

The City rents 17 equipment -- 15 dump trucks, one backhoe, and one payloader -- from Armed Builders to haul garbage from its transfer station in Barangay Inayawan to a private sanitary landfill more than 13 kilometers away.


TRANSFER COSTS. The cost of moving garbage from the Inayawan landfill (shown here during a fire in August) is one challenge the Cebu City Government faces, after it shut down the facility last year to comply with a law on solid waste management. (Sun.Star Photo/Allan Defensor)
For each unit, Navarro said, the City pays P3,998.37 as rent per day. Under the contract, the supplier has to make sure that each truck makes three trips per day.

However, Navarro told the City Council in an executive session on Wednesday that some of the dump trucks can only make one or two trips a day, and yet the City still pays the whole amount for the rent.

“Mahug gyud nga alkanse ta (This puts us at a disadvantage),” he said.

From January to August this year, Navarro reported that the City spent P10,067,895 for the rental of the dump trucks and heavy equipment.

That amount was charged against the P24.48 million that the City appropriated this year for the rental of equipment for the Inayawan landfill.

Asked why the trucks failed to complete three trips per day, Navarro, quoting his conversation with the supplier, said the truck ban imposed in Mandaue City is one of the reasons.

“Maka-agi sila early in the morning ra ug sa hapon (They can pass by Mandaue only early in the morning and in the afternoon),” he said.

Aside from this, Navarro said that some of the dump trucks bogged down, particularly after using a reportedly dilapidated road from Barangay Pit-os in going to Consolacion.

Navarro added that some drivers of the dump trucks have refused to drive the vehicles to Consolacion because stones are sometimes thrown at them. Residents in Consolacion, he said, oppose the City’s dumping of garbage in their town.

He recommended that the City amend the purchase order with Armed Builders for the rent of heavy equipment and dump trucks.

Instead of paying per day, Navarro suggested that the rent be paid on a per trip basis.

“The existing scheme is not beneficial to the City in all aspects,” he said.

The City’s contract with Armed Builders started in January this year, following the closure of the Inayawan Sanitary Landill in December last year. The contract is good for 365 days or until December 31 of this year. (PDF/Sun.Star Cebu)

Source: Sunstar

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