Baguio execs, residents urged to pursue waste solution provider-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Thursday, September 26, 2013
BAGUIO residents including the local government must hold the city's waste solution provider accountable for its failure to fulfill its contract with the local government.
Lawyer Franci Macliing-Claver, one of the lawyers who filed the Writ of Kalikasan after the August 2011 Irisan trash slide, said it has been a long time since there has been any action from the City Government to compel its waste solution provider, Pro Tech Machineries Corporation, to comply with its obligations in the contract it entered with the city.
Claver said residents and local government officials must impose its right on the optimal use of public funds, particularly the two Environmental Recycling System machines purchased by the city for P128 million.
The lawyer also observed the lack of sustainability on the City Government's solid waste management efforts to include hauling and tipping fees stressing the ERS machines hardly contribute improvements to the city's solid waste problems.
She said the company hardly complied with its buy-back scheme on its organic fertilizer output as well as other obligations in the contract which Claver added was full of loopholes right from the very beginning.
Claver suggested local government officials must look at the garbage problem as a ‘whole’ and affecting the city’s neighboring towns.
The city government came up with a settlement after the Writ of Kalikasan at the Court of Appeals to decommission its Irisan dumpsite and convert the area as an eco-park.
Councilor Peter Fianza, meanwhile, said the City Council has already referred the lapses in contract obligations of Pro Tech Machineries Corporation to the City Legal Office.
Fianza added the City Council made the move following a Commission on Audit report asking the city government to register the Carbon Credits it has saved from the purchase of the ERS.
The city government was also required to answer why Pro Tech has not complied with its obligation to pay P2,500 per day for delays in hauling residual trash.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 27, 2013.