TAYTAY, Rizal – After months of wondering as to who’s dumping tons of sludge along the Taytay-Angono Coastal Highway, the local government’s General Services Office (GSO) finally caught up on the culprit – one of its own barangay units.
According to Taytay GSO chief Vic Badaguas, they were shocked after learning that it was Barangay San Juan that had been dumping tons of stinking sludge along the major thoroughfare.
He added that the area, which already had a large signage which reads “Bawal Magtapon ng Basura Dito,” was where they exactly caught the barangay truck in the act of dumping waste on Thursday. Incidentally, the place where suspect Gilbert Camayo dumped sludge falls within another place –Barangay Muzon.
Badaguas said that GSO’s deputy team leader Mike Dagadas of the Discipline Zone Police Enforcers has been regularly monitoring the area following complaints of foul odor supposedly coming from the area. However, it was only last Thursday that they caught up on the culprits.
When interrogated, Camayo said that what they dumped was sludge from the canals in Barangay San Juan. He, however, refused to elaborate.
“Halos araw-araw nililinis ng mga Municipal GSO sweepers ang kahabaan ng kalsada po na iyan. At may mga pagkakataon na nakakaamoy sila ng masangsang at nakakasulasok na amoy. Iyan pala ang nangyayari. Salamat at natiyempuhan din,” said Badaguas in an online interview.
As for Camayo, he was slapped with a fine and stands to face charges for violating Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.