CALOOCAN CITY – It is normal for Caloocan City to experience garbage problems given the city’s size and population, a report by Manila Bulletin said, quoting an interview with Mayor Oscar Malapitan.
Malapitan explained the cities of Caloocan, Manila, and Quezon – being the three largest cities in Metro Manila – are experiencing waste production problems. Since Caloocan is the third biggest city, this makes the city the third leading producer of waste.
“It would be bad if we would become the top producer,” Oca said, adding the problem is usually encountered during Christmas and New Year seasons where people tend to generate more trash during these days.
Also, the city encounters such a challenge during rainy season as garbage from various cities traverse along waters and clog the Caloocan canals.
It is also aggravated by what he described as stubborn residents.
“But I monitor. And I keep on calling our contractors to immediately address [such problems]. We have assigned certain areas and hours to collect their trash, but they do not follow,” Malapitan said.
“We are trying to educate them but it is really hard,” he added.
Should residents reelect him this year, the incumbent mayor is targeting to alleviate the waste situation in the city.
Earlier, EcoWaste Coalition, a group which advocates environmental justice, cited a Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) report stating the cities of Manila, Quezon, and Caloocan are the three biggest garbage producer in the metropolis.