BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
The Metro Solid Waste Management Corp., a Manila-based company, is proposing a P460-million investment for a state-of-the art, and of international standard system to solve the garbage collection problem in Bacolod City.
Councilor Carl Lopez, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, said the firm wants to enter into a joint venture agreement with the city government for the next 25 years.
Nelson Ching, the authorized representative of the firm, in a letter to Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, said they want to deliver a modern and sustainable solution for the solid waste management demands of the City.
Ching said their company is offering a large scale waste reduction solution for all accepted wastes with full environmental compliance and significantly reduced carbon footprint for Bacolod.
He said their project proposal includes a centralized waste recycling and segregation facility, standardized sanitary landfill, institutional support, planning and public awareness initiatives.
Ching also said that if the JVA between their company and Bacolod pushes through, the City is expected to get a revenue of at least P80 million during its implementation.
The city government is entitled to P135 per garbage ton royalty and shall have a 5-percent non-cash equity share in the JVA.
Based on the proposal, door-to-door collection will cost 90 centavos for every person daily, waste management facility transfer is 40 centavos per person daily, while tipping fee will be P2,700.
Lopez said a committee should be established to study the proposal to ensure that it will not be detrimental to the city government.
He said Metrowaste will dispose only 30 percent of the total garbage collected in the city while the rest will either be recycled, sold, or converted into fertilizer.
Department of Public Services records show that at least 400 tons of garbage are generated each day in Bacolod.
The IPM Construction and Development Corp. is presently the one handling the garbage collection of Bacolod.
Lopez clarified that although the proposal of Metrowaste is good, Bacolod is still open to other companies that wish to enter into an agreement with the city government for its waste management program, including the IPM-CDC.
Meanwhile, Lopez said he is proposing the establishment of a hazardous waste treatment facility.
He said there is a need to invest about P50 million to construct it, hence, the city needs to partner with private firms.
Once it is established, hazardous wastes coming from the eight hospitals in Bacolod will be eliminated, Lopez also said. Last month, the attention of the managements of three hospitals were called after it was found out that they were dumping their hazardous wastes at the Felisa dumpsite, that is a violation under Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.*