UNTV EXCLUSIVE: Residents complain against operation of batching plant in Taguig City
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2018
Concrete batching plant in Wack-Wack, Barangay Palingon, Taguig City
TAGUIG CITY, Philippines – Residents of Wack-Wack, Barangay Palingon, Taguig City are complaining against the inconveniences caused by the nearby concrete batching plant in their area.
The residents argue that the concrete dust coming from the plant is causing health problems especially to children. They worry of worst things to happen if its operation continues.
Houses nearby are covered with concrete dust which makes the residents uncomfortable.
“Super alikabok talaga siya. Kahit diyan sa terrace naming, ang screen door namin talagang namumuti sa alikabok … kahit walisin mo iyan maya- maya iyan,” complain Mercy Zamora who makes sure their room doors are closed to minimize the entry of concrete dust.
Rossana San Pascual, a resident in the area, argued that aside from respiratory problems, residents also complain of the noise coming from the machines in the plant which cause sleeping difficulties among them.
The peak of the plant’s operation is in the evening.
“Nagkakasakit na po ang mga anak ko, apo ko, kapitbahay namin talaga namang. Number one ay hika sa alikabok, usok, yanig ng kapag nag-jack hammer na yan, talagang puyat,” she exclaimed.
Also, some houses already have cracks due to the strong shaking of the ground every time the heavy equipment start working.
“Ang lakas, akala mo may bomba. Iyong bombang panahon ng giyera. Ano bang ginagawa nila sa loob? Bakit bigla na lang parang may bomba? Bumabagsak at tsaka parang umuuga iyong lupa,” explained Dominga Yungco.
“Halimbawa nagja- jack hammer sila talagang ang bahay is yumuyugyog. Mararamdaman mo akala mo may lindol. Kaya immune na kami sa lindol. Hindi na namin inaano kung ano ang diperensya ng lindol,” described Zamora.
The residents have raised their complaints to the Department of Health (DOH) National Capital Region (NCR) office. However, they have not received any response or action from the agency.
According to the head of the Barangay, the City Health Office already convened the representatives of the residents and the batching plant on Tuesday (November 6).
The plant was already ordered to stop its operation due to lack of some needed permits. The residents reported, however, that the plant still continued its operation the night after the hearing.
“I- stop iyong operation. Iyon ang napagkasaundun during the hearing na walang operation na mangyayari hangg’t hindi lumalabas iyong mga requirement na hinihingi sa kanila katulad ng ECC, LLDA iyon ang mga kulang nilang mga requirements,” said Barangay Chairman Jerome Mendiola of of Barangay Palingon.
Mendiola said his option was to report the incident to the local environment office for immediate action.
The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) is set to inspect the plant on Saturday (November 10) together with members of the Barangay Health Office and the local officials along with some residents.
The local government vows to protect the welfare of the residents and assures that appropriate action will be taken especially if the closure of the plant is deemed necessary.
“Sa mga taga Wack-Wack, doon sa may Panday creek, huwag kayong mag-alala at tinututukan naman natin iyan, iyong health issues at problema nimyo sa area. Kaagapay naman natin ang Local Governemnt doon sa problema na iyon,” Barangay Chair Mendoza said.
The UNTV News team sought the owner of the plant for comment but a security personnel said no one was in the office to attend to the team’s inquiry. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018
Alleged fake traffic enforcer Gio Bergas (right)
TAGUIG CITY, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) arrested a poser traffic enforcer in Taguig City, Monday (July 2). The man, 21-year-old Gio Bergas, claimed he is a member of the Task Force Daloy Trapiko, a volunteer group operating under the Taguig Traffic Management Bureau.
I-ACT was about to present Bergas to the media on Tuesday (July 3) and file charges for usurpation of authority. However, he arrived at I-ACT’s office in Ortigas with his supervisor who confirmed that Bergas is a legitimate member of their group which, as they claim it, an accredited member of I-ACT.
But I-ACT Chief Traffic Officer Assistant Secretary Manny Gonzales said the agency does not recognize Taguig Traffic Management Bureau as among its accredited group of volunteers.
“Again you are not an I-ACT volunteer group kasi wala pa tayong MOA (Memorandum of Agreement ). Wala pa kayong accreditation at wala pa kayong member na sinasubmit sa I-ACT national secretariat,” Gonzales said.
(Again you are not an I-ACT volunteer group because we don’t have a MOA yet. You have no accreditation yet and have not submitted a list of members to the I-ACT national secretariat.)
Aside from a fake identification card, authorities recovered from Bergas a booklet of official violation receipt which local traffic enforcers use in ticketing violators.
Bergas also denied being involved in highway extortion.
“Wala po kahit piso. May nag-aano sa amin pero hindi namin tinatanggap hindi po pwede sa amin iyan,” Bergas said.
(We have not accepted any bribe, not even a peso. Some would offer but we never take it because that’s not how we work.)
An I-ACT representative checked on Bergas’ identity at Taguig City Hall. It was discovered that Bergas went on AWOL as a volunteer therefore he no longer had the authority to function.
Meanwhile, the Taguig Traffic Management Bureau presented documents to prove their accreditation to the agency, but I-ACT refused to acknowledge.
Instead of filing a case against Bergas, I-ACT and the Taguig Traffic Management Bureau agreed that the latter shall recall all issued ID cards to its volunteers and process their accreditation before it resumes operation.
“Kailangan magkakaroon sila ng MOA. Iyon ang legal process para maaccredited sila as member ng I-ACT (They should have a MOA first. That is the legal process to be accredited as a member of I-ACT),” said Col. Roseller Muros, I-ACT Chief Investigator. — Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2018
TAGUIG CITY, Philippines – The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) ordered the closure of two construction companies in Taguig City Thursday (June 28) for multiple violations of environmental laws.
These companies, the IPM Construction and Development Corporation and the Level Up Construction, already issued with cease and desist order by the LLDA to stop illegal backfilling, reclamation activities and illegal waste disposal that damages the waters of Laguna Lake.
LLDa already filed a lawsuit against the two firms for violation of the Clean Water Act and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.
According to Engineer Generoso Dungo, LLDA’s assistant general manager and head of the Shoreland Management Office, the assessment revealed that wastewater coming from the said firms are highly toxic aside from their lack of systematic transfer station and material recycling facility.
“Halos wala po silang segregation, segregator o kung anomang machines. Ang nakita lang po namin, talagang illegally dina-dump po nila iyong mga basura,” Dungo said.
LLDA general manager, Jaime Medina already ordered waste clearing in Laguna Lake in preparation for the planned rehabilitation of the lake. The agency is also doing a regular water quality monitoring and methane extraction in line with the directive of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.
LLDA constantly campaigns for the protection of the Laguna Lake, especially to surrounding residents. Fishermen are also advised to suspend fishing for now and to give time for the fish production in the Lake to recover. – Cathy Maglalang / Marje Pelayo
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — The first ever Grand People’s Day of the Serbisyong Kasangbahay of UNTV has provided various services to hundreds of residents of Taguig City, especially to the poor.
Ruth Garda Villamin was one of the beneficiaries at the Grand People’s Day.
She was emotional because, after three years, she was finally able to consult a doctor.
Ruth is suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, poor eyesight and breathing problems.
Ruth explained that she planned to visit the Serbisyong Kasangbahay office in UNTV but it is too far from her that is
“I’m thankful and with God’s mercy you have come here, thank God,” said Ruth.
Grand People’s Day offered free medical, dental, optical and legal service to the public.
“It’s a very good activity. Not all people can pay all the services we give. The good thing about this is that the conduct of the civic action is very organized,” said Muntinlupa Dental Chapter President Dr. Victor Victoria.
Various government agencies also participated in the activity such as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth and GSIS.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) also conducted a free seminar to inform the public about the various modus operandi of criminals.
There is also a livelihood seminar for those seeking to learn and start a small business.
“To UNTV, Kuya Daniel, and Bro. Eli, thank you so much. This is a huge help for our constituents,” said barangay councilor Bing Lopena
“Many of our residents have benefited from the medical mission you conducted. Thank you so much,” said Coun. Carmi Ogalinola.
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