Investor offers end to trash woes

In less than two weeks, a French investor has offered a solution to Dumaguete City’s garbage problem using the latest technology available in the market today.

It is called the Waste Processing and Gassification Plant Technology proposed by Vista Green Corporation, details of the project of which were presented to members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod on Monday, July 4, 2016 in the presence of city Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo.

The facility will cost the company from P180 million to P360 M at no expense to the city government of Dumaguete, provided it is able to supply 200 to 300 tons of garbage daily. Dumaguete only has an average of 40 to 60 tons of garbage daily and so neighboring local government units may officials.

In lieu of this, Remollo saw the need for an immediate solution, that is for the rehabilitation of the dumpsite and at the same time accommodate the processing of fresh garbage dumped daily in Cadau-ay.

The mayor further explained this is like a “hulog ng langit” for the city because the facility is offered by the investor to be constructed with no capital expense at all from the local government unit and at the same time solve an aged-old garbage problem disposition.

The investor, however, is hoping for a return of their investment through the energy produced out of the garbage, and other usable products and byproducts. The power produced can be sold to the city at a cheaper price, Remollo pointed out.

On the other hand, Sangguniang Bayan members are cautious in lieu of the fact that a similar technology was offered to the city few years ago during the time of former mayor and governor Agustin Perdices, which did not pushed through.

Neophyte councilor Estanislao Alviola had asked the presentors for more time to study the proposal while asking Vista Green Corporation to submit a company profile and track record of projects they have undertaken so far.

According to the presenter, at least 15 waste processing plants are in the pipeline ready for implementation in Porac, Subic Bay, Ilo-ilo, Cavite, Tacloban, Pastrana and Cebu City.

Alviola could very well remember the city had a bad expeience before with the company called TGEG while he was still an observer in the city and would not want such experience to happen again.

The plant will be able to process and convert the garbage into energy, electricity, charcoal and other byproducts.

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