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Dumaguete City, Philippines Tuesday, September 5, 2017
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Dumaguete acts on scattered
trash complaints in Candauay

Dumaguete Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo yesterday said the city government will rent an additional bulldozer for the dumpsite in Barangay Candauay to clear trash spilling over to the road, following complaints from road users and residents.

He made the announcement after some photos were posted recently on Facebook showing heaps of garbage in the middle of the road at the Candauay dumpsite.

He disclosed that the local government will procure its own bulldozer in the coming months to keep up with the demand at the open dumpsite, while efforts are now underway to find a sanitary landfill as required by law.

The city asked the public to first find out what the local government is doing before posting photos and one-sided comments on social media, city information officer Dems Rey Demecillo said.

He said a bulldozer is currently deployed at the dumpsite along with environmental technicians to clear the road for motorists' safety immediately after garbage is brought to the dumpsite.

It is not only the city government but also the private sector, especially business establishments, that are bringing their garbage to the dumpsite, Demecillo said.

The private entities dump their garbage alongside the road at night because they do not want to go further inside the dumpsite as it is dark and dangerous, Demecillo said.

Remollo is set to order the installation of lights in and around the dumpsite so that night time dumping of garbage will help ease the problem.*JFP/PNA


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