Thursday August 16, 2018

City forms body for waste-to-energy facility

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio created a committee that is tasked to spearhead the establishment of a waste-to-energy (WTE) facility in the city.

The WTE project is a collaboration between the Philippine and Japanese governments with Davao City as beneficiary and site for the facility.

Under Executive Order No.18, the Project Management Team for the WTE facility project will be headed by assistant city administrator lawyer Tristan Dwight Domingo as the project manager, and assisted by engineer Elisa Madrazo as the assistant project manager.

Davao City expressed its interest for the waste management technology before the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) and applied for a grant with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) for the WTE facility.

A study conducted by Jica in 2015 to 2016 showed that it is viable for the city to have a WTE facility.

On March 20, the Japanese government signed an Exchange of Notes granting the Philippine government 5.013 billion yen to fund the project in Davao City.

“As of the moment, the Japanese Government is waiting for the signing of the Agent Agreement between the Japanese Government and the Department of Finance,” Domingo said in a statement.

Once signed, Crown Agents, the assigned Japanese procurement agent, will have to work with the Department of Finance in hiring legal, financial, and technical consultants for the project.

After such, another qualified firm or group will be designated for the WTE facility’s design, construction, operation, and maintenance.

An efficient waste management processes in the city is one of the 10 priority agenda of Duterte-Carpio.