BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
The fate of the IPM-Construction and Development Corp., as to whether they would continue to be the official garbage hauler of Bacolod City, is yet to be determined, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said, adding that the city contract with the firm will end this year.
Leonardia said they only have a year’s contract with the firm. Although it is subject to extension, for now, they are yet to decide on it as it will still be subject to a bidding process.
He said that, so far, the Caloocan-based Metro Waste Management Corp. is the only firm that has shown interest to be the next garbage hauler of Bacolod but he is yet to see the proposal.
The firm has proposed a P460-million investment for a state-of-the art, and of international standard system to solve the garbage collection problem in Bacolod City for the next 25 years.
Earlier, Nelson Ching, representative of the firm, said in a letter to Leonardia, that they want to deliver a modern and sustainable solution for the solid waste management demands of the city, adding that the company is offering a large scale waste reduction solution for all accepted wastes with full environmental compliance and significantly reduced carbon footprint for Bacolod.
The project proposal also includes a centralized waste recycling and segregation facility, standardized sanitary landfill, institutional support, planning and public awareness initiatives where the city government is expected to get a revenue of at least P80 million during its implementation. Leonardia said it is premature to make an announcement yet and they will discuss the matter when the contract of IPM ends.*