SC halts QC garbage collection fee

Posted at 02/06/14 7:51 AM

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) has put the imposition of annual garbage collection fee for Quezon City residents on hold.

SC Spokesperson Theodore Te said the high court's 3rd Division issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the city ordinance based on the petition of Jose Ferrer Jr., a resident of Kamias Road in Quezon City.

Under the new ordinance which was approved last December, homeowners must pay annual fees ranging from P100 to P500 depending on the size of their lot, condominium or apartment.

For domestic households, residences with a land area of less than 200 sqm will have to pay P100, while those with land areas of 1,501 sqm to 2,000 sqm or more will have to pay the highest rate of P500.

As for condominium and socialized housing units, a fee of P25 shall be applied to those living in units with a floor area of less than 40 sqm. A maximum fee of P200 will be imposed for those living in units with 151 to 200 sqm or more floor area.

The fee was to be paid simultaneously with the homeowner's real property tax. Collected fees shall be paid to garbage collectors assigned by the Quezon City Hall.

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista had explained that based on an average computation of P260 from each of some 200,000 real property units, the city government can only generate some P50 million.

That is hardly enough to cover the P1.1 billion that the city government spends annually to collect garbage and maintain the Payatas landfill site, he said.

The mayor added that the funds collected will be used in part for disaster reduction management and environmental purposes.

Only residential areas were covered by this ordinance, as garbage fees based on the Quezon City Revenue Code are already being implemented for business establishments.