THE Bacolod City Council approved the request of Mayor Evelio Leonardia for authority to sign the P52.5-million contract of services between the City Government and IPM-Construction Development Corporation (IPM-CDC) for the maintenance and operation of the sanitary landfill in Barangay Felisa.

Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran on Thursday, June 1, said the request was discussed for almost three hours before it was approved during the regular session on Wednesday.

The request was supported by the eight votes cast by Councilors Caesar Distrito, Renecito Novero, Em Ang, Cindy Rojas, Elmer Sy, Dindo Ramos, Bartolome Orola, and Noli Villarosa.

Councilor Ricardo Tan voted against it while Councilors Wilson Gamboa and Sonya Verdeflor were out of the session hall, and Councilors Claudio Puentevella and Ann Marie Palermo were on leave.

Tan aired his disagreement, saying the contract is disadvantageous on the part of the city.

Familiaran said the Bids and Awards Committed submitted its favorable recommendation after determining that the Metro Manila-based IPM-CDC had passed the post qualification.

The P52.5-million maintenance and operation of the landfill is separate from the existing P150-million environmental and sanitary services contract of the IPC-CDC.

The seven-month contract, from June to December 2017, for the management and maintenance of the landfill amounts to P7.4 million per month.

After the signing of the contract, a copy will be submitted to the City Council again for its ratification next week.