Sunday August 19, 2018

Councilor raises questions on garbage hauler’s eligibility

A CEBU City councilor is asking the City’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) to check the qualifications of private service providers who will bid for the garbage hauling and disposal service today.

This, after Councilor Pastor Alcover Jr. found out that a cease-and-desist order was issued by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) 7 against the private landfill in Aloguinsan.

Pasajero Motors Corp. (Pamocor), the current service provider for garbage disposal, dumps the city’s wastes into the private landfills in Aloguinsan and Consolacion towns.

“The question now is where to dump the garbage considering that Aloguinsan has no ECC (environmental compliance certificate). That will be a violation of the terms of reference and a ground for disqualification of the service provider,” Alcover said.

Under the terms of reference posted by the BAC, only service providers that operate a sanitary landfill with an ECC approved by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources can be considered qualified bidders.

If the bidder doesn’t own a sanitary landfill, the provider must have an existing memorandum of agreement (MOA) with anyone who owns and operates a landfill

Right now, Pamocor has an existing MOA with the private landfills in Aloguinsan and Consolacion.

The BAC is set to open today the bid documents of interested bidders for the procurement of solid waste disposal service involving 109,141 tons of garbage.

It has an approved budget of some P136 million.

Alcover said he is hopeful that the BAC will strictly implement the requirements stated in the terms of reference for garbage collection and disposal services.

He added that the BAC should evaluate Pamocor, if they decide to join today’s bidding, to determine where they intend to dump the city’s garbage following the temporary suspension of the Aloguinsan landfill’s operations.

“They should be clear on where to dump the garbage,” Alcover told reporters yesterday. (RVC)