P15-M needed for Alno dump

THE MUNICIPAL Engineering Office of La Trinidad is eyeing some P15 million for the construction of cell four dumping area at the Alno Sanitary Landfill.

In a bid to minimize its annual expense in hauling garbage of the town, the Municipal Council is putting inquiry on the cost of building an additional dumpsite in the government owned facility.

Municipal Engineer Benedict Pineda said the amount will be enough to construct extension that will maximize the efficiency and availability of the area.

"If we will push through with the cell four plan the municipality will need at least P15 million, this will cover for the entire expenses of the project from mobilization to its completion," Pineda said during his recent presentation to the Council.

Pineda said the initial plan for cell four displays a wider storage space for garbage as the design will also be made deeper to accommodate more materials.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Council has already requested the engineering office to conduct study and present layout plans for the project.

The Council said the municipality should start searching for long-term solution to its garbage problems.

At present, the Alno dumpsite is still non-operational after its cell one and cell two were reported to be completely full.

The engineering office reported the on-going cell three constructions will still have to wait until November this year.

Pineda earlier reported the contractor for the project has requested another five-month extension to finish the cell three project.

Construction of the cell number three was supposed start March and supposed to be finished this July but the contractors sought for an extension until November.

In the report, cell three is still under 50 percent complete.

Meanwhile Councilor Nestor Fongwan Jr. who re-opened the issue in the council is pushing to fast track the cell three project to cut-off the expenses being shed in garbage hauling.

According to Fongwan, the contractor should be penalized and if possible be banned for future projects awarded by the municipality.

"If we can compel them to finish earlier than what they requested for it will be better," Fongwan said.

"The contractor should be reprimanded and advise the engineering office to ban them already. We should not allow such contractors to slowdown the development of La Trinidad," he added.

From January to June of 2016, the Valley already shed out a total of P28 million in hauling its garbage to Tarlac, and another P12 million is expected to be added as the LGU pays out at least P2 million per month.


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