Jomari Yllana proves mettle; hits Parañaque trash deal

ACTOR-TURNED-POLITICIAN Jomari Yllana is proving to his constituents that he deserves the trust they gave him when he won as a city councilor of Parañaque during last year’s elections.

Yllana recently delivered a privilege speech stemming from residents who complained about their uncollected garbage for weeks already.

“The people and residents of Paranaque do not deserve this kind of disorderliness. The piling up of uncollected trash in several city streets and alleys during this time of COVID pandemic added anxiety, stress and worries to the residents, ” Yllana said in his privilege speech.

He also lamented that if the country is facing crisis in rice, fish, eggs and onions, his beloved City of Paranaque was suffering from a worse kind of crisis — garbage.

Yllana is putting the blame on what he branded as ‘unlawful’ replacement of the city’s garbage collector, in the process of which the members of the city council, particularly the committee on environment and natural resources, which he chairs, were not even made aware or informed formally.

The councilor also questioned the timing of the approval of the contract entered into by the city government with the Metrowaste Solid Waste Management Corp. (Metro Waste) on December 27, 2022.

According to Yllana, the old collector, Leonel Waste Management Corp. has been collecting trash for nine years in the city’s 16 barangays without any complaint from the residents. This, he said, the reason why he was raising questions why it was replaced despite being efficient, capable and well-organized.

“The one-year contract entered into by the city government with Metro Waste amounting to a whopping P414, 803, 520 is ‘illegal’ for rebuking several provisions in the Local Government Code and for snubbing the local legislators, in this case, the duly-elected councilors,” he said.

Yllana, who represents the city’s 1st district, is now on his last term while his younger brother Ryan won in the second district.

Echoing these sentiments were incumbent Vice Mayor Joan Villafuerte and Councilor Rico Golez, who also delivered their respective privilege speeches questioning the ‘hasty deal’ entered into by the city government last December 27, or during height of the holiday season.

In her privilege speech titled: “Krisis sa Basura”, Villafuerte disclosed that the deal was not approved by the city council, a clear violation of the local government code.

She also pointed out that Section 22 (c) of the Local Government Code (Corporate Powers) was violated, thus: “Unless otherwise provided in the code, no contract may be entered into by the local chief executive in behalf of the local government unit without prior authorization by the Sanggunian concerned.”

For his part, Mayor Olivarez assured the residents of efficient garbage collection after holding a meeting with the city’s 16 barangay chairpersons and the officers of Metro Waste.

“I’m asking a for public understanding for the delayed collection of garbage due to the trash that piled up during the holiday celebrations,” he said.

Olivarez also claimed that the delay in garbage collection was due to the “transition” of the city’s garbage collector from Leonel to Metro Waste.

Calambay City hall, fire personnel lauded

Laguna residents lauded the very courteous and kind staff of the fire bureau assigned in Calamba City Hall, led by Fo2 Justine Lovely Kaye M. Niebla; Fo2 Jeffrey Becarme and two others who were identified only as Arquiza and Manaig.

They acted on their concerns fast.

They described the said fire personnel as beautiful inside out and based on how they handle their respective functions, it was obvious that they are happy with their jobs.

The same goes with personnel in other offices inside the City Hall who are efficient, friendly and fast.

For this, credit goes to Mayor Roseller Rizal for keeping order in and out of City Hall in Calamba. Kudos to them and may other provincial staff be like them.

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