THE IPM-Construction and Development Corp. (IPM-CDC), the garbage hauler of Bacolod City, will continue its services because it has an existing contract with the city government, an official said Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

Councilor Al Victor Espino said the IPM-CDC’s contract with the city government will end in December 2022.

Once the administration of incoming mayor Alfredo Benitez will start on June 30 this year, Espino said, the contract of services of IPM-CDC for collection, hauling and disposal of garbage will still continue.

“After the month of December, the [new] administration will also evaluate the performance of the city’s garbage hauler to determine if it will extend their contract or not,” he added.

The City Council earlier ratified the contract of services entered between the City Government of Bacolod and IPM-CDC for the P131.9-million collection, hauling and disposal of garbage, as well as the contract of services for the P63.9-million operation and management of the sanitary landfill.

“We have time to reassess the performance of the IPM-CDC to determine if we will continue their services including the maintenance of the city’s sanitary landfill, “ Espino said.

He said Benitez already inspected the situation of the sanitary landfill and held a meeting with the officials of Barangay Felisa last week.

The official added they will also check the construction of Cell No. 3 at the landfill.

Ramel Palalon, officer-in-charge of the Department of Public Services (DPS), earlier said Cell No. 2 will only have six to eight months to accommodate the city's garbage.

"For now, we are utilizing Cell 1 and 2, but the former was already full of garbage while the second cell will last within six to eight months," he pointed out.

In order to be prepared once Cell No. 2 is full, the city government needs to construct another facility, Palalon said, adding that the IPM-CDC was collecting 600 tons of garbage daily in the city.