How’s ‘Sardinas for Basura’ doing?

IT has been more than a year since the Cebu City Government started distributing P5 million worth of canned sardines to the residents of Barangays Cogon Pardo and Lahug in exchange for their garbage.

The project, dubbed as “Basura Mo, Sardinas Ko,” seeks to improve the collection of solid waste in the city’s interior areas.

How is its implementation, so far?

To see how much the City Government has disbursed or used for the purchase of sardines, the City Council asked the Department of Public Services (DPS) to submit a progress report on the project.

The budget for the purchase of the sardines was taken from the City’s accelerated social amelioration program funds.

It was Mayor Tomas Osmeña who conceptualized the project, and is implemented by DPS.

In an approved resolution during a regular session last April 3, Councilor Jocelyn Pesquera said there is a need to check updates on the program.

She also pointed out the mayor’s earlier plans to expand the program in other hot spot areas.

Earlier, Osmeña said the ho tspot areas will include the upland portion of Barangay Quiot and areas in Barangays Tinago and Tejero that are near the river.

Sought for comment, DPS operations head John Paul Gelasque said they have already completed the progress report and will soon submit it to the council.

“We’re just waiting for a copy of the resolution. I can’t give details on it now because it’s in the office, but it’s ready,” he said. (RTF)