Comparing ZC with Ormoc in cleanliness PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 October 2018 12:24

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

Some friends of mine in an organization I belong to went to Ormoc in August to attend a conference there and when they came back, they all had one observation they shared with us:  Ormoc is a very clean city. They marveled at how there were no trash piles along the city streets; one even claimed that she did not even see one cigarette butt on the ground.  And the mayor of this city is not even a management man but a former actor, Richard Gomez.

My own reaction was to say that Ormoc is a small city and therefor easy enough to keep clean. But those who went there claimed that while size may be a factor there  is something else that explains the cleanliness –  the LGU’s efforts to keep the cleanliness and the attitude of the residents themselves to cleanliness.

I would like to make two suggestions on this matter.

Can garbage collection be done before the usual working hours? Perhaps late in the evening or very early in the morning. It can be very disconcerting to go to school or to work and see  piles of garbage along the streets, waiting for collection.  The impression we get away with is that the city is dirty. Dogs come and poke through the garbage and make things look even worse. Also, if garbage is collected during the peak of the morning hours the garbage trucks impede the flow of traffic which is already bad to begin with. I would also like to suggest that each garbage collection truck have with it the tools to clean up the spot where the garbage was picked up. We can usually tell when a collection has been made- most of the garbage is no longer there but we see evident signs of garbage having been collected but some remain to be swept up.

Now that it is lanzones time we can see clearly the attitude of many of our citizens towards keeping the city clean. Many are simply very indifferent to how they dispose of the lanzones peels – just drop them where they are eating, with no care about how this makes our sidewalks and spaces littered. Some in cars simply throw the peels  out the window as they drive along our streets. There must be effective means to stop people from behaving like this. Would imposing fines do it?  Singapore makes this very clear and Filipinos who are in the city for short visits are wary about having to pay the fine for littering. But who will enforce the imposition of fines here in our city?

The desire to have a clean city might come from our having pride in our city, identifying with it as our home. How do we develop this attitude of pride in our Zamboanga Hermosa?

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