Pedicabs for garbage collection
By Gerald O. Enguero
Pedicabs, or mobile carts powered by foot pedal, have been devised to provide a more efficient and speedier way of collecting garbage, initially at the public market here.
At least five units of pedicabs, which cost P14,423.60 each, have been initially dispatched at the Naga City People’s Mall (the renamed city public market) after it was formally launched last July 2 by City Mayor John G. Bongat and personnel of the Solid Waste Management Office (SWMO) headed by Engr. Joel Martin.
Engr. Martin said that the new innovation is in line with Mayor Bongat’s instruction to attain a 100% collection efficiency in the city’s garbage collection.
“Before, the market cleaners used the conventional wooden cart which was heavier and took a lot of effort to collect garbage around the market’s three floors. The use of pedicabs, which are speedier because they are lighter, will save more time and effort on the part of the cleaners and thus deliver their jobs well,” Martin added
When the scale model was first presented to him, Mayor Bongat requested that his photo and name be removed from the vehicle design.
“I’m looking for long term function of the vehicles which are designed to upgrade garbage efficiency in Naga City that’s why I instructed to remove my picture image and name on the vehicles because my term is just temporary while the use of this kind of innovation should be on a long term,” said Bongat.