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La Trinidad council dumbfounded: Who paid town’s P10M garbage debt?

The municipal councilors of La Trinidad, Benguet were baffled after learning that the town’s P10-million obligation to a private garbage contractor has been paid for by someone they didn’t even know.

Acting Environment Officer Dwight Daodao revealed to the municipal council that the hauling expenses, totalling P10 million, has been settled.

Pressed, Daodao said the information can be best tackled in an executive-legislative session.
“How were we able to pay it when the council did not authorize the use of funds for the purpose?”

Councilor Roderick Awi-ngan was quoted as saying by Baguio Midland Courier.

He said there are no records to show that the municipal council has authorized the release of funds to settle the debt.

The town dumps its waste in a sanitary landfill in Capas, Tarlac.

Even as the P10-million hauling fee was supposed to have been settled, Mayor Edna Tabanda is still asking the municipal council for another P5 million to fund the continuous hauling of solid waste to Tarlac for the last quarter of the year.

Tabanda said they intend to purchase two more dump trucks to lessen hauling costs.
The mayor pointed out that from last year’s 90 tons of daily garbage, the town now produces 109 tons of waste per day.