Pri­vate land­fill eyed for Cebu City trash

The Freeman - - NEWS - BID­DING Odessa O. Leyson/KBQ

The Cebu City gov­ern­ment is plan­ning to en­ter into an agree­ment with a pri­vate land­fill op­er­a­tor in or­der to lessen its garbage haul­ing ex­penses this year.

Bids and Awards Com­mit­tee (BAC) Chief Ron­aldo Mala­cora said the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Ser­vices will fi­nal­ize the scheme so BAC can sched­ule it for pub­lic bid­ding.

If the city gov­ern­ment di­rectly dis­poses its trash to the land­fill, he said, it would only spend P700 per ton in tip­ping fee.

The city would no longer hire a pri­vate hauler to dis­pose of the city’s garbage, sav­ing mil­lions of pe­sos, said Mala­cora.

DPS records showed that the city gov­ern­ment spent P300.4 mil­lion from De­cem­ber 2016 to De­cem­ber 2017 for the haul­ing op­er­a­tions.

Of the amount, P7.5 mil­lion was al­lot­ted for De­cem­ber 2016, P125 mil­lion for Jan­uary to May 2017, P67 mil­lion for June to Au­gust 2017, P99 mil­lion for Sep­tem­ber to De­cem­ber 2017.

In 2018, the city spent P420 mil­lion for garbage haul­ing and for rental of heavy equip­ment for garbage dis­posal.

From Jan­uary to June this year, the city has ap­pro­pri­ated P130.8 mil­lion for garbage haul­ing ser­vices.

“The city will save half of the amount if we dump our garbage di­rectly to the land­fill,” Mala­cora said.

After the Inayawan land­fill's clo­sure, the city be­gan trans­act­ing with a ser­vice provider that will haul trash from a trans­fer sta­tion in Cebu City to a pri­vate land­fill in Con­so­la­cion.

Mean­while, the open­ing of bids for the pro­cure­ment of 21 brand new trucks is sched­uled by last week of Jan­uary.

The win­ning bid­der is re­quired to de­liver the heavy equip­ment not later than May this year.

Mala­cora said the city gov­ern­ment will ter­mi­nate its rental con­tract with Geo Trans­port and Con­struc­tion Inc.

The city has con­tracted Geo Trans­port for the rental of heavy equip­ment, such as 10 com­pactor trucks and 11 dump trucks, needed in the haul­ing of the city’s garbage.

The con­tract is P64.5 mil­lion which is set aside for the months of Jan­uary to June 2019. —

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