Sustained livelihood assured for dumpsite wastepickers-A A +A
Friday, February 7, 2014
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog assured some 300 wastepickers at the city’s dumpsite in Barangay Calajunan, Mandurriao district of sustaining livelihood from their source of income once the city’s planned solid waste-to-energy project takes place.
The city mayor, in behalf of the City Government and Korea-based firm Dream Eng. Company chaired by Youn Pyo Hong, signed an agreement on February 5, 2014 in Iloilo City for the establishment of an energy plant within the dumpsite area at no cost to the City Government.
The plant, using collected city garbage as its fuel, will use some 250 metric tons of garbage every day to generate some 6 megawatts (MW) of power.
The city garbage collection is estimated at more than 300 metric tons per day and the remaining 50 tons and other debris from the power plant not used as fuel such as bottles, stones, hard metals and others will be used by the wastepickers.
The wastepickers were organized into the United Calajunan Livelihood Association (UCLA) and members are making fancy jewelries and house decors with markets abroad.
Mabilog said that aside from no dislocation of wastepickers, Dream Eng. Officials also assured employment of local labor crew at the power plant. A scholarship grant will be awarded to deserving children of wastepickers including engineering courses and trainings in Korea. (Lydia C. Pendon)