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Dumaguete City, Philippines Friday, July 15, 2016
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IN DUMAGUETE
Firm pushes gasification
to solve garbage problem
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

A French investor has offered to solve the garbage problem of Dumaguete City, using the latest technology available in the market.

The details of the Waste Processing and Gasification Plant Technology, as proposed by Vista Green Corporation, were presented to members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod recently, in the presence of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo.

The facility will cost the company from P180 million to P360 million, but 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 also dump their garbage at the Candau-ay dumpsite by paying the tipping fee.

Vista Green Corporation officials assured the city that the plant produces less noise, no pollution with only carbon dioxide being emitted, that's why planting of trees in the vicinity is required.

It is more flexible, can process mixed wastes, modular, low emission and high energy balance.

Remollo said the city has received three closure orders from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the eventual closure of the open dumpsite. An audit report in 2015 also emphasized that the city should immediately act on it, otherwise the DENR will file criminal and administrative cases against the city officials.

Remollo said there is need for an immediate solution, such as for the rehabilitation of the dumpsite and at the same time accommodate the processing of fresh garbage dumped daily in Cadau-ay.

He said the proposal is like a gift from heaven 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 age-old garbage problem.

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

The SP members, meanwhile, are cautious because a similar technology was offered to the city a few years ago during the time of former mayor and governor Agustin Perdices, which did not push 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, 15 waste processing plants are in the pipeline and ready for implementation in Porac, Subic Bay, Iloilo, Cavite, Tacloban, Pastrana and Cebu City.

Alviola said he could very well remember that the city had a bad experience before with the company called TGEG, 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.*JG

 

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