THE Baguio City Council has endorsed two resolutions proposing to develop the Burnham Park and the city's engineered sanitary landfill (ESL) under either a build-operate-transfer (BOT) scheme, or through loans, grants or joint venture agreements.
The City Council committee on ways and means and finance headed by Vice Mayor Daniel Farinas recommended authority for the city mayor to adopt these financing forms for the capital-intensive projects, given the limited financial capability of the city to implement these thrusts.
"In order that funding for other government projects shall not be sacrificed just for the implementation of one project alone, there is a need to adopt or implement or enter into valid transactions which can augment the present financial capability of the city government," Farinas said in his twin proposals.
Under the BOT scheme, a private entity or investor constructs at its own expense a facility and then operate the same to recover its investment.
On motion of Councilor Perlita Rondez, the council Monday deferred action on the proposal pending receipt of and study by the local legislature of the two development plans.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the master plan for the development of the city's main park prepared by the University of the Cordilleras may not be fully implemented because of the costs.
He thanked the university for taking pains to prepare the plan that will be a guide for the actual park development, vis-à-vis the city's financial capability to proceed with some of its features.
The city is pressed to establish the ESL to address Baguio's garbage problem on top of the development of clustered material recovery facilities for the city's barangays and the need for an alternative to the expensive hauling of the city's garbage to an ESL in Tarlac.
The mayor is also considering the purchase of two 24-ton capacity Japanese-made composting machines that can take in and convert to fertilizer the city's average daily biodegradable waste.
City General Services Officer Romeo Concio said the Philippine office of the compost machine producer is willing to buy fertilizer churned out by the gadgets it offers, which would help the city recoup its investment in one and a half years.
Domogan earlier announced that the city would also have to buy eight to 10 trucks to augment the units used in garbage collection. (Ramon Dacawi)