Baguio continues to receive waste solution proposals

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Sunday, February 2, 2014


THE City Government of Baguio continues to receive a stream of unsolicited proposals for various technologies to solve its solid waste problems.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan said Kosmos Energies is just one among the many unsolicited proposals for a waste-to-energy technology that could be used by the City Government.

In Monday’s City Council session, Kosmos Energies founder Beatrice De Lippe said the company received a grant from the French government to conduct a feasibility study on building a power plant without the use of combustion as a means of converting trash into energy.

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Councilor Edison Bilog, meanwhile, questioned a provision in the proposed memorandum of agreement, which states the city will negotiate the building of a power plant once the project is found feasible.

But Domogan said the City Government will have to adhere to the amended Build Operate and Transfer Law, which requires public bidding before a contract on solid waste management is awarded by the city.

As early as now, Domogan said the proposal might not qualify because first, the proposal must use a non-existent technology in the country and second, the project must not be a priority of the local government.

The proposal then would fail the second requirement because the mayor said solving the solid waste problems of the city remains as the top priority of his administration.

In a special session of the City Council on Thursday, General Services Officer Romeo Concio said several foreign firms from Northern Ireland, Singapore and Italy have also expressed interest in investing in Baguio City’s waste to energy facility project.

Concio said the Integrated Solid Waste Disposal System is being pursued by the local government, which is composed of a centralized Materials Recovery Facility, an engineered sanitary landfill, a waste to energy facility, and the Environmental Recycling System.

All these solid waste management facilities, he said, are complementary, adding residual and non-biodegradable wastes will be processed by the waste to energy facility while biodegradable wastes will still be processed by the Environmental Recycling System.

The centralized MRF, meanwhile, is what the City Government sees as a solution to the problem on waste segregation in barangays, while the engineered sanitary landfill will be a temporary back-up and complimentary solution to all wastes produced in the city.

The City Council, meantime, scheduled the hearing of the General Services Office budget to another session to answer other queries of local legislators on the solid waste management plan. (JM Agreda)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 03, 2014.

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