Mayor eyes park, mall at landfill

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014


CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama wants the City Government to develop the 15-hectare Inayawan sanitary landfill into a real estate project, similar to old landfills in South Korea.

Rama and City Administrator Lucelle Mercado visited South Korea last weekend to look at waste-to-energy technology used in landfills.

The city officials also saw how landfills became sites of commercial buildings 15 months after they were closed.

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Rama cited an old landfill in Suwon, South Korea, which is the same size as the Inayawan landfill. A mall and other commercial buildings are being built on the site.

The mayor envisions parks, malls and other buildings to rise at the Inayawan landfill.

He declined to elaborate when asked if there are investors interested in the project.

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“I don’t want to preempt things but I talked to the inventor so that if an investor will come, it won’t become too expensive,” he said.

In March 2011, Rama ordered the closure of the sanitary landfill in preparation for its rehabilitation, heeding the advice of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The facility is now being used as segregation area for collected garbage.

During the Korea trip, Rama said he learned that it will not take more than three years to make the landfill ready for development, contrary to what earlier studies revealed.

“Technology has been developed that will make it (conversion) fast. Their (Korea) landfill is now ready to be a plaza after only 15 months,” he told a news conference yesterday.

The mayor showed reporters photos of projects in South Korea that he wants to replicate in Cebu City, including the Cheonggyecheon Stream, a recreation center in downtown Seoul.

The 10-kilometer stretch used to be a covered canal under a busy road. Now, there are walkways and parks surrounding the stream.

Rama said he hopes to use the same design when he develops the banks of the Guadalupe River.

Yesterday morning, the mayor also led the blessing of the City’s newly opened septage treatment plant (STP) at the North Reclamation Area.

The rehabilitation and installation of new machines at the STP, which was funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, shows the City’s commitment to follow environmental laws, Rama said.

The new STP can process 100 cubic meters of septage per hour.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 09, 2014.

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