Garbage control vs. doing nothing by

NEWS NOTES

It is no longer wise for a growing city like Dumaguete to wait or tarry any longer for its 80-ton daily garbage turnout to escalate into a worse nightmare of environmental concern. What is happening at the site now is enough nightmare.

It has been years, decades, since the Dept. of Environment has warned past administrations to attend to the growing environmental needs including proper garbage disposal. And they all failed.

Until a P2M-damage suit is now hanging over the head of this city saying that unless drastic measures be made, that old embarrassing stinking dumpsite in Candau-ay will have to be closed for good.

It has reached a point where garbage is recklessly dumped into the streets of Candau-ay because the trash is just overflowing. The city government has failed to attend to this age-old problem which has now escalated to almost unbearable levels. Visit the place and you will not stay one minute longer because of the odor and filth. It definitely is not typically Dumaguete. It is a monument of neglect.

The Remollo administration, heir-apparent of this environmental maladay had to scamper and searched and found a lot nearby enough for a small sanitary landfill site. Therefore, everything will have to be processed thru materials recovery facilities so that only residual trash of about ten daily tons will be brought to a temporary site at the Bayawan SLF> The rest will have to be recycled garbage otherwise there will be no more place to go. Trash has overtaken the growth of this city and it is now or never.

Yes the site is flood-prone thus engineering interventions will have to be made. The good news is DENR will help finance the dumpsite closure up to 80% so the City can focus on garbage recycling.

No time to blame anyone for the neglects of the past. It is time to move forward and institute the needed interventions so as not to exacerbate the garbage problem which is in reality the problem of us all.

They were rounded up by the thou-sands —- 3,000+ in Metro Manila, and if applied in the provinces the number could quadruple because TAMBAY is among the favorite past time of Filipinos.

“Tambay” means loitering, doing nothing, drinking along the roadside , getting drunk sometimes, and watching the girls pass by usually after a simple dinner of hot corn-rice, kalamunggay and dried or salted fish, and ginamos hipon, watching the only TV set in the poor neighborhood.

Mga tambay in the country side are usually seen in cross roads where a medium size sari sari store is well lighted, and it is the transit point of habal-habals (motorbike for hire with five or more passengers!) into the hinterland or mountain barangays.

President Duterte, admittedly an accomplisihed canto-boy as mayor for 22 years in Davao, knows what is happening in the Tambays. It is sometimes the transit point of illegal drugs.

In the cities , Tambay are usually in the slum areas. It is “where the boys watch the girls go by,” and watch out for rapists galore. Expect to get mauled by toughies (at times) if you pass by. Everybody knows what is happening in Tambay areas.

So Duterte is right. Clear up the Tambays and you clear up the occasions of crime significantly. The human rightists might only know too well that if they shut their mouths and try to passby theTambay areas themselves, they will agree that clearing the areas of Tambays is good for the people at large.

The right to loiter is not a crime. Thus, rounding up the Tambays is just like asking the minors to go home for curfew. They are not charged. They are not criminals. But certainly they could become potential victims or perpetrators of crime especially when the Tambays by night are already intoxicated, drugged, or had one too many.

Want to know more about Tambays? Go loiter with them in the dark nooks of the city and barrios. You won’t regret you did.