Date Submitted: 02/29/2016 01:33:42 PM
The social media frenzy might just help in keeping people accountable to the preservation of Bayawan City. And while it's good that you're spiking up tourism with crowded "nice boulevard but a lot of informal settlers", "Paunay" "shanty puesto", and "vendors" turn those pristine waters into human garbage and your tourism dreams are off the map. So keep it clean. Next thing you know, sewers are being drained into the priceless water and Omg, the rainbow colors of seashores because of your platic garbage.
I've always thought that the lack of trash cans (and people to empty them, and of course lack of discipline, lazybones filipinos) is a big problem in the Philippines. Bayawan is a beautiful place, please help/save to maintain the City clean. Garbage now are everywhere.
The boulevard has too long been home to informal settlers, to vagrants camping out there who aggressively panhandle/beg from everyone. Now they throw garbage anywhere and turning the boulevard into a free riff-raff campsite. Poop and pee just over the seawall, or anywhere and a lot of kids run around with no pants on, evidently pooping and peeing where and when they get the urge.
Evidently anyone from mountain who wants to come to Bayawan live on the streets and or build a (shanty) house along boulevard and stay there for good are welcome, because City Hall isn't doing anything about it.
If the general public would complain, maybe the mayor's office would do something about it? LGU? Politico? Disiplina naman jan. Yong totoong may malasakit sa bayan at sa kalikasan. Water is life. But complaining with regards to sanitary is not something commonly done here in the Philippines.
Date Reply: 03/07/2016 05:01:50 PM
Thank you for your voicing out your concern for Bayawan City. You are indeed right that the LGUs drive to boost tourism – especially since our vision is to be the top farm tourism destination in the country – might just be the catalyst that would drive Bayawanons to be more responsible. You are also correct in saying that the tourism potential of the city would be greatly hampered if critical issues such as public safety, mendicancy, informal settlers and waste management are not addressed. Sadly, the said issues are being faced not only by Bayawan City but also by other LGUs all over the Philippines.
So how has Bayawan addressed these issues? The local government unit, led by the City Mayor and City Council, has definitely been putting these issues at the top of its “to do list”. We would like to inform you that as of today:
* A total of 11 public toilets in 6 locations are situated along the boulevard stretch, of which 5 are portalets and 6 are permanent. The 6 permanent toilets are open when there are major activities in the area.
* Food vendors selling “tocino” and “balbacoa” have been arranged in a temporary location. Preparations for a food complex called the Hayahay Square in front of Talipapa Beach Club is underway where these vendors will be relocated.
* “Chichiria” vendors are scheduled for relocation soon at the newly constructed mini-gym.
* A Farmer’s Market will also be constructed where the “paonay” will eventually be transferred.
About the informal settlers along the coastal area, there are none as of today, as far as the City Hall is concerned.
* Last February, the City Public Safety Office has taken charge of resettling 3 houses that have been illegally built in the area.
* A tree house is due for inspection this week.
* Fishing and personal items placed near the “paonay” area (which will most probably become another shanty if not dealt with) is also being addressed as of the moment.
In terms of cleanliness and sanitation:
* The City Environment and Natural Resources Office conducts coastal cleanup twice a month.
* Personnel are assigned to pick up trash along the coast on a daily basis.
* An area in one barangay is admittedly quite problematic due to nearby households throwing garbage in the canal. The short term solution, which is currently being enforced, is a regular visit by CENRO personnel to collect garbage pile up. As a long term solution, plans are already underway to cover the canal.
* With regards to the “paonay” area, additional enforcers are stationed there every Saturday and Sunday. These enforcers segregate wastes collected from the garbage bins and trash bags strategically placed in the area.
* Since 2009, a total P25,420.00 has already been collected from the penalties of those caught throwing garbage on the streets and those caught pooping and peeing.
As for said “vagrants”, most of whom are children, “aggressively penhandling” passersby and kids running around with their pants off:
* The City Social Welfare and Development Office regularly monitors street children not just at the “paonay” area but in all public areas known to be frequented by these kids.
* The office regularly conducts rescue of these children and facilitates proper turn-over to the parents.
* A proposed ordinance addressing issues regarding street children as well as the responsibilities of parents is currently being studied.
As you can see, City Hall is putting precedence to all of these issues and we thank you for expressing your concern online. You may come visit the offices directly concerned if there are other matters you would like to specifically point out so we can serve you better. It is good for the citizens of Bayawan to be the watchdog of the LGU to create an environment of check and balance. Rest assured that the City Hall takes complaints seriously and acts on them for the good of all Bayawanons.
(Sgd.) IREL F. MANANSALA
Tourism and Investment Promotions Officer