NEWS (August 11 – August 17, 2008)
Oplan Dalus continues in LC
LC exec warns kalesa kutseros
By Dominic B. dela Cruz
ALL kalesa kutseros in Laoag have been warned by a city government official for their reported non-observance of the Oplan Dalus code if the city.
The warning was aired by city administrator Gloria F. Peralta in a regular staff meeting at the City Hall after her personal observation of scattered horse manure in the different streets in the city’s poblacion area.
In view if this, Peralta instructed the Community Affairs Office to immediately act on the matter and to strictly implement the Oplan Dalus code.
Peralta explained that the horse manure littered around the city’s commercial area reflects on the image of the city, which has earlier been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the cleanest and greenest search in the country.
“Mabagaan da kuma ngamin nga adda tay pangtaya da kuma dagitay horse manure da tapnu saan nga maregreg ket nakababain a maiwar-warang,” Peralta noted.
Aside from kalesas, Peralta also asked the CAO to also include operators and drivers of other modes of public transportation that operate in the city with regards to the Oplan Dalus information dissemination as she pointed out that the cleanliness code is not just meant for Laoag residents but also for those who enter the city.
She stressed that violators of the said code should not excuse anyone and that they should face the penalties provided for by the local law.
Penalties for violating the said code are fines of P300 for the first offense, P600 for the second offense, and P1,000 for the third offense.
City community affairs officer Mylene Pascual said she would immediately act on Peralta’s recommendations.
The Ilocos Times also learned that tricycle drivers and operators have also been advised to put garbage receptacles in their units in observance of the Oplan Dalus code.
In a related development, assistant city engineer Fred Agpaoa also announced that the City Engineering Office has also started the construction of public urinals to be placed in strategic areas around the city.
The public urinals, according to Agpaoa, aims to give people a place to relieve themselves instead of urinating anywhere.
These urinals, Agpaoa added, would be placed along busy streets, public transportation terminals and commercial establishments.
Ilocos Times copyright 2008