Editorial: Held Protech liable-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
JUST like the botched Jadewell Pay Parking System years back, the city is once again facing deep trouble with unfulfilled promises by Protech Machineries Corporation.
Protech was contracted by the city for the purchase of two Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines to hopefully solve Baguio’s garbage problem since the 2011 Irisan trash slide.
Claiming they can process 48 tons of garbage in just 48 hours, Protech brought in the machines after the City Government, represented by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, entered into a MOA.
This was to comply with provisions of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act mandating local government to shut down the operation of open dumpsites and establish their own sanitary landfill and controlled dump facilities.
The machines were said to turn biodegradable garbage into high grade fertilizers and were immediately delivered and installed.
But according to the City Council, Protech did not meet the projected results and instead contributed to the garbage problem of Baguio.
The ERS machines were projected to generate P2.6 million a month or roughly P30 million a year for the city government from the so-called high grade fertilizers to be bought back by Protech at P6 a kilo.
However, since 2011, the ERS were able to process only 5,417 tons out of a possible 14,976 tons of biodegradable waste which is 22 percent rate of recovery out of the projected 44 percent.
The waste company also failed to buy back so-called fertilizers making the ERS machines ineffective while the problem of biodegradable waste still exists.
At the same time, Protech also failed to implement its obligation to haul the remaining residual wastes of the city at no cost.
The deal is a ten year contract but even with the agreement, the city government has to spend more for the continued operation of the ERS machines than the cost of hauling out garbage.
Dealing with Protech could have been Baguio’s ticket to solving the continued garbage problem. Could have been.
If Jadewell Pay Parking was booted out long before their contract ended because of the people’s will, then Protech should do a graceful exit before they get buried in piles of possible cases to be hurled against them.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 27, 2013.