November 19, 2009
Warm greetings of Peace and Unity!
The issue of uncollected garbage has made Baguio so unpopular. This had resulted to a negative impact on Baguio’s tourism industry, and in turn, negatively affected our livelihood and the local economy. Other than this are the health issues and its environmental hazards.
This becomes more irritating and disgusting knowing that there are already sound and workable proposals to decisively address the issue. But the local officials concerned won’t act on this. Why? We could not help to speculate. What is it they get out of the current arrangements of hauling and bringing our garbage to Tarlac than just allotting fund for our own engineered sanitary landfill or ESL?
Just this next batch of hauling, the local government is again allotting P 24M just for one hauling! Imagine how many hundreds of millions this government had already spent in an unwise move of addressing this issue!
Directly or indirectly, every resident of Baguio contributes to the local treasury through our taxes. We deserve to get what is due us including the proper garbage disposal which has been pestering all of us for so long already.
It is in this light that we are inviting you, your friends, families, network and everyone you know to join our collective action on December 7, 2009 to pressure the local government to act on the garbage issue. Assembly place is at PNR Caltex, 1:00pm.
Let this issue be one of our parameters in electing officials in 2010. Let the incumbent officials prove their worth and credibility by decisively resolving this issue.
Let us pressure our public servants to wisely spend our taxes and not waste it on the trucking and hauling or our garbage to Tarlac, which does not resolve the problem anyway.
Let us assert our right to a clean and livable environment!
Recover the tourism industry and our source of livelihood!
Resolve the garbage issue!
Rebuild the local economy!
Recover the prestige of Baguio!
For a clean Baguio,
Baguio Market Federation (BAMAPFE), Join Baguio Movement (JBM), ServeNet, Network Against Global Warming (NAGWAR), Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD), Pangasinan Association of Baguio City (OLUPAN), Cordillera Knights of Baguio, Binnadang Urban Poor Association, Baguio Civil Society Group, Blessed Association of Retired People (BARP)
Please wear red shirt as a sign of protest!