New firm to handle city garbage collection

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Saturday, February 22, 2014


A NEW contractor is taking over the garbage collection operations of Bacolod City, after the contract of Metrowaste Solidwaste Management Corp. expires by the end of the month.

Jerome Solinap, chairman of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), said Manila-based Enviroking Corp. posted the lowest complying and responsive bid during the BAC special meeting held Friday.

Only Enviroking Corp. and IPM Construction and Development Corp. joined the bidding early this month since Metrowaste did not participate anymore.

IPM Construction withdrew from the bidding, Solinap said.

He said they will formulate the contract between the City Government and Enviroking Corp. and submit it to the City Council.

The council will then grant Mayor Monico Puentevella the authority to sign the contract and approve its ratification.

After the contract has been ratified by the council, the BAC will issue a notice of award to Enviroking Corp., he added.

Solinap said they will issue Enviroking Corp. a notice to proceed after it has posted a performance bond, which is 10 percent of its bid price.

The approved budget of the contract is P90 million.

Ma. Fe Tresfuentes, executive assistant on solid waste management, said the city produces an average of 354 tons of garbage per day and an average citizen contributes around half a kilo of garbage on a daily basis.

The bulk of the collection comes from residential areas, commercial establishments, factories, institutions and markets.

A 2011 study on waste analysis and characterization show that 66.49 percent of the city’s garbage are biodegradable while around four percent are non-biodegradable. The study also found that 27.45 percent are residual wastes, 1.77 percent fine residual, 1.6 percent comprised of e-waste, and .15 percent special waste.

Tresfuentes said the city has adopted the Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, since 2002 and after that,
several ordinances have been passed in relation to R.A. 9003.

These include City Ordinance 310 or Revised Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance; C.O. 531 or the prohibition of the littering of plastics, papers and any other refuse in public places, waterways and recreational areas; C.O. 570 that provides an effective and proper handling in the collection, transport, storage treatment and disposal of hazardous medical and other toxic waste; and C.O. 596 that mandates all residential and commercial establishments to clean and maintain the cleanliness of their frontage and surroundings.

Tresfuentes said the barangays have a “big role” in the implementation of a sustainable and doable solid waste management program.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 22, 2014.

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