BACOLOD City – City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) Cluster Head Joemarie Vargas said on Sept 6, 2018 that he would recommend to the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) an ordinance that would penalize restaurant and food stall owners who dump cooking oil in the city’s drainages.
Vargas came up with the recommendation after declogging operations conducted by the CDRRMO sucked out hardened cooking oil from drainages, along with other waste products.
Vargas said that they have advised hotel and restaurant owners to install grease traps.
Among the establishments that were ordered are those along Lacson Street, Vargas added.
Vargas explained that hardened cooking oil is a bigger problem compared to plastic waste as the latter can easily flow along drainages.
Dumped cooking oil, meanwhile, forms up along the drainage walls until it solidifies and clogs the waterway.
He further said that solidified cooking oil can be easily mistaken as rocks when recovered by clearing personnel.
Vargas also said that several food stall owners at the downtown area were caught dumping used cooking oil in drainages.
Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa, meanwhile, said he would conduct a public hearing on Sept 13 as part of his proposed ordinance against illegal dumping of waste on drainages, sewerages, and manholes.
In a phone interview, Gamboa said that he would include cooking oil to the list of prohibited waste products which can be dumped on the city’s drainage system.
He added that he would invite representatives from supermarkets, restaurants, and hotel chains operating in Bacolod City.