Sto. To­mas last op­tion for Baguio garbage

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MAYOR Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan ex­plained the 50-hectare por­tion of the 139-hectare city­owned prop­erty in Sto. To­mas School Area will serve as the last op­tion for the put up of the long over­due san­i­tary land­fill with waste-to-en­ergy (WTE) fa­cil­ity to­wards an even­tual so­lu­tion to the city’s garbage dis­posal woes.

The city ex­ec­u­tive said that once the ne­go­ti­a­tions for the An­ta­mok open pit site as a site for the san­i­tary land­fill with a WTE fa­cil­ity fails, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment will be left with the last op­tion to pur­sue the project in the seg­re­gated 50-hectare por­tion of the city-owned prop­erty in Sto. To­mas School Area.

“The city will have to ap­pro­pri­ate the re­quired funds to build the road net­work within the prop­erty to help fa­cil­i­tate the con­struc­tion of the san­i­tary land­fill. In the mean­time, we have to wait for the re­al­iza­tion of the same project within the Beguet Cor­po­ra­tion prop­erty in Ito­gon to guide us in our fu­ture de­ci­sions on how to ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently ad­dress our garbage dis­posal woes,” Do­mo­gan stressed.

Based on ini­tial es­ti­mates from the City Engi­neer­ing Of­fice, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment needs at least P300 mil­lion to build the road net­work within the city-owned prop­erty be­fore the con­struc­tion of the san­i­tary land­fill fa­cil­ity can be im­ple­mented con­sid­er­ing the ex­ist­ing ter­rain in the area.

Fur­ther, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment also ear­marked some P5 mil­lion for the fenc­ing of the perime­ter of por­tion of the prop­erty for this pro­posed pur­pose but the project can­not pro­ceed be­cause the res­i­dents in the area al­legedly removed the mon­u­ments that were placed by the mem­bers of the sur­vey team iden­ti­fy­ing the metes and bounds of the pro­posed land­fill site.

Un­der the city’s 10year solid waste man­age­ment plan which was ap­proved by the Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Com­mis­sion (NSWMC), the city-owned prop­erty was iden­ti­fied as the pro­posed site for the san­i­tary land­fill and WTE fa­cil­ity which will in­clude a small en­gi­neered san­i­tary land­fill, a cen­tral­ized ma­te­ri­als re­cov­ery fa­cil­ity, an anaer­o­bic di­gester, WTE plant, two En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­cy­cling Sys­tem (ERS) ma­chines, hazardous waste treat­ment plant and spe­cial waste treat­ment plant.

Do­mo­gan said the lo­cal gov­ern­ment is re­quest­ing the Depart­ment of Public Works and High­ways (DPWH) to in­clude in its fu­ture bud­get the re­quired fund­ing for the con­struc­tion of the road net­work of this city-owned prop­erty to help put an end to the ex­pen­sive haul­ing of the gen­er­ated resid­ual waste out­side the city in the fu­ture.

For the past 9 years, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment spent more than P1 bil­lion for the haul­ing of the city’s resid­ual waste to the san­i­tary land­fill in Ca­pas, Tar­lac.

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