City prioritizes waste management in 2010

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

WASTE management in the city will be a sole priority this year, Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. bared Thursday.

IN THE Ugnayang Panlungsod press briefing, the mayor said the entire P250- million allocation in the city’s Annual Investment Plan this year was devoted to projects that cater to solid and liquid waste management.

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In the proposed budget, he said that a P40 million outlay was included for hauling just in case the scheme would be required at any time this year.

Prior allocations for the set up of materials recovery facilities (MRF) and engineered sanitary landfills will also be retained.

The mayor urged the sectors criticizing the mayor for failing to find solution to the waste impasse to also look at the accomplishments and the efforts poured into addressing the problem.

“We tried our best but it’s just that there are hurdles present in the solutions we are eyeing,” the mayor said referring to the setbacks that derailed the implementation of the engineered sanitary landfill and the MRF.

He asked for more understanding saying that the solid waste management plan was only approved last 2007 so technically last year was only the city’s second year of implementing a ten-year plan.

“I hope people would understand that it would really take time to perfect the recommended solutions in our solid waste management plan,” he said.

City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) Officer-in-charge Cordelia Lacsamana earlier said the city is targeting a significant reduction in the volume of wastes being hauled out by the first quarter of the year particularly by keeping the volume of hauled out wastes to just 35 percent of the total waste output of the city.

But she said that this is possible if the city can set up all the technological interventions presently in the works to aid waste management in the various barangays.

Lacsamana said the city is fast-tracking the setting up of materials recovery facilities at the various target areas. She said they have completed the assessment of the proposed sites and are now coordinating with the cluster barangays for the completion of the requirements.

One such proposed MRF site is at the upper portion of the parking space at Wright Park now being set up.

She said they are in the process of procuring equipment for the Bakakeng Central MRF including the purchase of composting drum facility based on updated specifications and costs.

On the satellite MRF development at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), the PMA offered an alternative site measuring five to 20 hectares within the PMA reservation. It has been inspected and the city engineer who heads the technical team prepared a preliminary site development plan with cost estimate amounting to P6 million except the equipment.

Lacsamana said the city and the PMA will enter into a MOA for the use of the facility.

She said the Camp John Hay and Teacher’s Camp gave their nod to the city’s request for the setting up of an MRF and they promised to propose their respective sites.

She said the city plans to put up a centralized MRF at Irisan for biodegradable processing. This, along with the MRF in Bakakeng is targeted for full operation early next year.

The mayor, said Lacsamana, requested for the extended use of the Irisan controlled dump facility before the National Solid Waste Management Commission based on a feasibility assessment report. The commission sent a representative to validate the civil works in the area and there are positive signs that the city will be allowed to reuse the area. (Aileen P. Refuerzo)

City prioritizes waste management 2010

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