Personnel of the City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) underwent a one-day assembly and reorientation seminar last week amid public concerns regarding garbage collection and management of the city.

The reorientation was ordered by Mayor Inday Sara Duterte and was conducted by the Office of the Human Resource and Management Office.

This came after the mayor received a number of complaints about uncollected garbage in certain areas in the city.

During her state of the city address, Mayor Inday noted that the volume of garbage being generated by the Dabawenyos has been increasing with the rapid growth of the city. In her Byaheng DO30 program, the mayor has identified solid waste management as one of the priorities of her administration.

During the reorientation, Lawyer Raul Nadela, Mayor Inday’s chief of staff, emphasized that it was vital in reminding Cenro personnel of their main task — that is to keep the city clean and orderly and to ensure that the city’s programs on solid waste management are implemented.

“Let us not forget that our task is to primarily always keep the city clean,” said Nadela.

Nadela also underscored the need for close coordination between Cenro personnel and officials of barangays to ensure the effective collection of garbage from designated areas. He also reminded the public of their role in making sure that their communities are clean.

The city government intends to extend the lifespan of the current dumpsite in Barangay New Carmen to two or three more years.

According to Mayor Inday, the city government is working with the Japanese government for the construction of a fully-mechanized materials recovery facility and solid waste management complex. CIO