City, PNOC-RC forge ties on waste to en­ergy project

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THE LO­CAL gov­ern­ment and state-owned Philip­pine Na­tional Oil Com­pany–Re­new­ables Cor­po­ra­tion (PNOCRC) forged a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing for the con­duct of a fea­si­bil­ity study on the ap­pli­ca­ble waste-to-en­ergy tech­nol­ogy to help in solv­ing the garbage dis­posal prob­lems of the Baguio-La TrinidadI­to­gon-Sablan-TubaTublay (BLISTT) area.

The mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing was signed by Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan and PNOC-RC pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer John Are­nas dur­ing sim­ple rites at the City Mayor’s Of­fice Wed­nes­day.

PNOC-RC is man­dated to pur­sue and im­ple­ment projects on new, re­new­able, non­con­ven­tional and en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly en­ergy sources and sys­tems to en­sure the coun­try’s en­ergy self­suf­fi­ciency, fos­ter al­lied ac­tiv­i­ties of na­tional in­ter­est for sus­tained eco­nomic growth and for bet­ter qual­ity of life.

Both the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and PNOCRC agreed to ex­plore co­op­er­a­tive ways on solid waste man­age­ment through a wasteto-en­ergy project ben­e­fi­cial to the BLISTT lo­cal gov­ern­ments and the res­i­dents in the said ar­eas.

The agree­ment is ef­fec­tive for five years with each of the par­ties bear­ing its own cost re­lated to the ne­go­ti­a­tion and prepa­ra­tion for any pur­pose.

Un­der the agree­ment, each party will re­main the sole owner of all in­dus­trial or in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights, tech­ni­cal data, know-how, de­signs, spec­i­fi­ca­tions and the like, gen­er­ated or ac­quired be­fore the sign­ing of the doc­u­ment or be­yond the scope of the same.

The agree­ment will serve as a pre­lim­i­nary agree­ment of the par­ties, and that the ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing con­tem­plated as well as the per­for­mance by the par­ties of any un­der­tak­ing pur­suant to, or in fur­ther­ance of the same, shall be sub­ject to more de­fin­i­tive agree­ments.

Do­mo­gan un­der­scored the agree­ment is be­tween the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and a sim­i­lar gov­ern­ment en­tity with ex­per­tise on re­new­able en­ergy sources, thus it will not be prone to abuse by a pri­vate en­tity, es­pe­cially in terms of the ex­penses among other fi­nan­cial is­sues.

He claimed the PNOC-RC will con­duct the fea­si­bil­ity study on putting up the pro­posed waste-to-en­ergy fa­cil­ity within the 29.11-hectare pri­vate prop­erty of the Benguet Cor­po­ra­tion (BC) in An­ta­mok, Ito­gon, Benguet ceded to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment to as­cer­tain the fea­si­bil­ity of the area.

On his part, Are­nas, who was the for­mer pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the John Hay Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (JHMC), as­sured the lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tive the PNOC-RC will do its best to come out with the re­sults of the fea­si­bil­ity study on whether or not the pro­posed waste-to-en­ergy project in the said site will be fea­si­ble for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple liv­ing in the BLISTT com­mu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially in hav­ing a state-of-the-art solid waste dis­posal fa­cil­ity vi­tal in solv­ing the garbage prob­lems of the in­volved lo­cal gov­ern­ments and pro­duc­ing re­new­able en­ergy that will be able to be in­stru­men­tal in pro­vid­ing cheap, re­li­able and qual­ity power to the grow­ing num­ber of res­i­dents in the said com­mu­ni­ties.

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