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Muntinlupa residents asked to be ‘creative’ in disposing garbage

Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi is encouraging Muntinlupeños to be “creative” in disposing garbage properly, at least as a temporary solution, in view of the city’s current problem with garbage collection apparently caused by the present contractor.
“We encourage everyone to recycle, to be creative, by turning non-biodegradables into useful items and using biodegradable materials as plant fertilizer,” Fresnedi said. “We need to help each other for the moment to avoid the dangers posed by uncollected garbage.”
Fresnedi explained  the current garbage contractor, Expedition Construction Corp., has apparently committed significant violations of the terms of the original contract. Out of 25 trucks stipulated in the contract, Expedition is apparently deploying only about 12 trucks to collect garbage.
Expedition has likewise apparently turned the city government motorpool in Pacwood Industrial Compound Tunasan into a garbage collection point which seems to run afoul of current environmental and zoning laws of the city. Fresnedi has ordered the contractor to clean up the motorpool within three weeks.
On the other hand, the city government is also paying  unpaid bills of more than P106 million to Expedition, dating back to October 2012, that have accumulated under the previous administration. Fresnedi is also trying to determine where the money meant to pay the contractor has gone, resulting in such a massive amount of unpaid balances.
The city government is currently mulling on taking administrative action against Expedition as well as the people who have seemingly mismanaged the funds meant to ensure the continuous collection of garbage in the city.
In the meantime, Fresnedi urged everyone to dispose trash wisely. “Recycle and recover useful materials while using decaying waste as compost. Do not throw your garbage into rivers and waterways, or you will only contribute to flooding. Let us help each other, minimizing waste and disposing garbage properly, so we can eliminate the health and safety hazards,” he said.   

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