Were Roxas beach sweepers buying garbage in the sand? That’s what the Panay News recently reported. Some Baybay Beach civil servants accused of burying trash along the shore have admitted their guilt.
Popular Beach Resort for Locals
Baybay Beach[i] in Capiz faces the Sibuyan Sea and is also called La Playa de Roxas.
It’s is not your typical beach destination that has glass-like azure waters and fine white sand.
Though it may have greyish sand, Baybay Beach it has its own appeal. Locals flock to the Baybay beach resorts for the affordable and delicious seafood served by restaurants along its seven-kilometer stretch of fine grey sand.
Flock no More?
However, tourists on Christmas vacation at the popular destination found garbage buried in one-foot-deep holes right at the beachfront.
They alleged that sweepers hired by the city government were behind this practice.
“What a stupid way to dispose of rubbish collected at the beach,” said a local tourist, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“They are not cleaning the beach. They are polluting it instead,” the tourist added.
Garbage found buried underneath the sandy shore comprised mostly of plastic bags, aluminum foils and tree branches.
Sweepers Admit Guilt
In an apparent admission of the practice, a sweeper admitted to the Panay News that transporting the garbage from the beach to the collection area was “difficult.”
Covered with sand, the trash they collect from the Baybay Beach was “heavy,” said one sweeper, who refused to be identified.
According to the sweeper, they were getting orders from City Tourism Officer Bryan Mari Argos.
Argos was unable to be reached for comment.
Restaurant Owners Paying for Beach “Clean Up”
The city government hired the sweepers for a round-the-clock clean-up along the Baybay Beach.
Trash that beach goers toss on the beach not only becomes an eyesore but also pollutes the beach.
A restaurant owner expressed dismay, noting that they pay a “garbage fee.”
Establishment operators “shoulder the salaries of the sweepers deployed to the beachfront,” said the restaurant owner, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Each establishment “pays P170 a week (3.40 U.S. Dollars),” the business owner said. “A representative of Barangay Baybay collects the payment.”
This is “aside from the P2,000 ($40) garbage fee we annually pay the city government,” the restaurant owner added.
“Cleaning the beach is useless if the garbage is buried right at the shoreline,” said the restaurant owner. “The rubbish will resurface during high tide, especially when the waves are strong.”
Ghosts of Mailmen Past
Remember letter carriers in the U.S. that dumped their mail instead of delivering it? Ditches, dumpsters, the woods, stinky catch basins, you name it, these are just a few of the places some lazy mail carriers have discarded their mail.
Did not find any slothful civil servant online, however, that buried their letters and a packages on a beach.
[i] Joshua Berida, Baybay Beach, Tips before you go. Retrieved from PhilippineBeaches.org. https://www.philippinebeaches.org/baybay-beach-capiz-important-tips/
Beach Photo Credit: Panay News