City lawyers urged to file case vs Pro Tech-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Sunday, August 12, 2012
BAGUIO Councilors recently asked the City Legal Office to make necessary legal moves to pressure waste solution provider Pro Tech Machineries Corporation to honor its obligations to the city.
Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas, in an interview by Sun.Star Baguio, stressed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) entered by the city should no longer be interpreted as its contents and manifestations are very clear.
Fariñas stressed there is nothing wrong with the existing MOA that needs definition citing previous commitments of Pro Tech vice president Luis Lu Jr. to the council that they will haul out residuals.
The same hauling obligation was also detailed in the recent demand letter of Mayor Mauricio Domogan for Pro Tech to collect residual wastes.
The vice mayor is now asking why the waste solution provider now seems to be disregarding its commitment and only asks to collect remaining residuals.
“It is only until now that they are saying that they will haul out only remaining residuals. And now the result is the city collects the trash which supposedly is their obligation. That is also the reason why we are incurring debts for private haulers,” he said.
In the City Council session last Monday, councilors were surprised to know that the city owes around P40 million to three private haulers
The vice mayor also stressed they don’t want a big debt from hauling expenses.
He asked the General Services Office and Pro Tech to make the Environmental Recycling Systems (ERS) machines operational and up to its full potential.
As to the unpaid debts with private haulers, he said the council will find all the possible resources to pay these private haulers.
He warned Pro Tech to face charges once they reneged on their obligations with the city.
“People have expected too much from their ERS machines. The council is doing its best to locate funds for these incurred debts due to hauling. But we also bear in mind that we are also safeguarding that funds are spent wisely so as not to burden the people,” he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 13, 2012.