THE City Government of Iloilo is bidding the 3.3 hectares of the 23 hectares land inside the dumpsite in Barangay Calajunan, Mandurriao district intended as a sanitary landfill.

Engineer Raul Gallo of the city general services department said the landfill bidding will be conducted by February 2014 and construction will be up for 14 months or until early of 2015.

The sanitary landfill cells and other components will be funded by a 25-year loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) amounting P297 million at 6.8 percent interest.

This will also cover the construction of the landfill cells costing about P212 million complete with plastic sheets.

Gallo said that when completed, the city will have a modern sanitary landfill site to absorb the influx of some 300 metric tons of garbage collected everyday, including from the nearby municipalities of Oton and Pavia in the province of Iloilo.

Gallo admitted that the city has increased its collection of garbage from 170 metric tons everyday in 2008 until 2010. However, garbage continues to grow up to 300 metric tons daily collection with the influx of population and bullish business growth in the city.