DAVAO CITY – As a support to this city’s Bantay Dagat volunteers, the local government has purchased an Offshore Garbage Collector to accelerate waste collection in the city’s rivers, creeks, and canal outfall, the City Information Office said Tuesday.
Paul Bermejo, head of the Ancillary Services Unit (ASU), said the equipment can accommodate up to eight cubic meters of garbage.
The newly-purchased Offshore Garbage Collector costs around PHP4 million – funded through a project by the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO).Bermejo said the new equipment will help collect floating garbage, which cannot be easily reached by ASU and Bantay Dagat volunteers.
He said the equipment has a conveyor that lifts the garbage to the area where the garbage is collected.
“This will collect floating debris or garbage that came from the upstream, and discharged through the outfall towards the sea,” he said.
Bantay Dagat is a city government project wherein volunteers from the community are deputized to guard and conduct clean-up drives in the city’s coasts and shoreline every Saturday morning. It started operations in August 2017, with 333 volunteers.
Relatively, Bermejo, has called on the Dabawenyos to be responsible in disposing their garbage and to cooperate in the city’s efforts to keep coasts and shorelines clean and garbage-free.
“We won’t need that (the Offshore Garbage Collector) if all of us will cooperate and avoid throwing garbage in our canals so that they won’t be washed to our sea. I hope we educate and discipline ourselves on proper waste disposal,” he added. (PNA)