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CEBU CITY, Philippines — The City Government of Cebu has warned the spectators of Sinulog 2018 not to throw their garbage anywhere.

Former city councillor Nida Cabrera, who is now the head of the Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CCENRO), said the city government will strictly enforce Environmental Laws during the Sinulog activities.

In a Press Conference, Cabrera together other members of the city’s Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB) bared that they will be implementing the “Sinulog Garbage Watch Program” in order to minimize the litter on the streets.

At least 44 Eco Stations will be provided along the Sinulog Grand Parade Route by Sectors and in strategic areas around the city such as Plaza Sugbu, Basílica Menor del Santo Niño de Cebú, Plaza Independencia and Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, among others so that the Sinulog crowd will have the right place to put their garbage.

Each station is complete with tent and 4 garbage receptacles with labels of different solid waste categories such as biodegradable, non-biodegradable, plastics and recyclable wastes.

Cabrera underscored that hundreds of Barangay Environmental Officers (BEOs) along with numerous volunteers from civic organizations will also be deployed in the designated disposal areas to monitor the operation and will be on prowl on the violators.

“Ang mga magpataka og labay sa ilang basura pitohan na sa mga BEOs and the volunteers to call their attention and throw their garbage in the Eco Station, if dili sila mopatuo we will issue citation tickets or mo-render silag community service,” Cabrera enthuses.

She said, “With this initiative, we are targeting na ma-ubos pa ang tons of garbage ang atong macollect this year.”

Former city councilor Roberto “Bob” Cabarrubias who is now the head of the city’s Department of Public Services (DPS) said that in 2015 the city collected 197 tons of garbage after Sinulog, 200 tons in 2016 and a reduced of 45 tons in 2017 with 155 tons of garbage collected.

Cabarrubias further shared that most of the garbage collected was plastic bottles, wrappers and food wastes. He said DPS personnel will collect the segregated waste in the respective Eco Stations which will be operating from January 11 to 21.

The “Garbage Watch Program” which was initiated by the SWMB in cooperation with the public, private, academe, business sector and various Environmental advocates will be replicated in different villages throughout the city after the Sinulog 2018 celebration. It will be piloted in at least 5 villages such as Barangay’s Luz, Mabolo, Hipodromo, Carreta and Tejero. (By: Greggy P. Senados/ City of Cebu, Public Information Office)

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