An employee of the Provincial Motorpool is in hot water for causing the use of a government dump truck in the disposal of her garbage.
The Municipal Environmental Solid Waste Management Office of Carmen had just completed its investigation on the reported dumping of garbage in barangay Matin-ao where it was traced that it belonged to an employee of the Provincial Motorpool.
The report prepared by Sanitary Inspector Zenaida Jumawid indicated that Matin-ao Barangay Captain Petronilo Cabulao reported about some packs of garbage found near a drainage in their barangay on October 9.
In response, the Municipal Environmental Solid Waste Management Office of Carmen sent a team to verify the report.
The team confirmed that, indeed, there were packs of garbage in the reported area.
An investigation was the launched until they traced that the garbage came from Milet Gay Melecio, an employee of the Provincial Motorpool Office and a resident of barangay Dela Paz in the town of Cortes.
This was with the assistance of Dela Paz Barangay Captain Alan Rufino Pondoc and the barangay council.
The Environmental Solid Waste Management team of Carmen then had a dialogue with officials of the Provincial Motopool through its officer-in-charge, Decoroso Omictin, and Administrative Officer Fara Jacinto.
Melecio admitted that she owned the garbage and that she had asked one Bonifacio Canecer, a dump truck driver of the Provincial Motorpool, to dispose the garbage.
Canecer, for his part, admitted that he was the one who brought the garbage upon the request of Melecio and dumped them near a drainage in barangay Matin-ao, Carmen.
It was also indicated in the report of Jumawid’s report that the dump truck used in disposing the garbage was the government dump truck used in hauling anapog from barangay Montesuerte in Carmen for a government project.
Melecio and Canecer -apologized for the incident and assured that they would clean up the area wher the garbage had been dumped.
While the Municipal Environmental Solid Waste Management Office did not indicate any step to penalize Melecio and Canecer in its report, but a member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is mulling an investigation on the matter in aid of legislation.
One of the points to be looked into is the use of the government dump truck in disposing the garbage which was not the purpose indicated in the gate pass of the vehicle.
Another to be looked into is the position of Melecio in relation to the use of the dump truck to determine whether or not the said vehicle was within her control because of her position at the motorpool office.
It would also be investigated why the dump truck driver preferred to dump the garbage near a drainage in barangay Matin-ao, Carmen.
The investigation would also be directed into determining if the act of bringing and dumping the garbage to an area in barangay Matin-ao, Carmen disrupted the hauling of anapog since it was the hauling of anapog that was the specific activity for which the use of the government dump truck was authorized.
The investigation may also expand to the proper use of other government vehicles in the province.