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Cebu News

More firms propose

Caecent No-ot Magsumbol - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines —  More companies have reached out to the Cebu City government to express their desire to help the city address its long-time garbage problems through the creation of material recovery or waste-to-energy facilities.

An Australian company, for one, has proposed the construction of a modular waste-to-energy facility that can clean tons of garbage inside the now-closed Inayawan landfill, according to the report from the City’s Public Information Office.

Anthony Aucone, chief executive officer of NextGen NRG Australia, met with Mayor Michael Rama yesterday to discuss the proposal.

Aucone said that NextGen NRG plans to build the facility at no cost to the city government.

The main objective is to clean the Inayawan landfill and convert the tons of garbage to biol-fuel.

Earlier, Suki Trading Corporation (STC), a company that uses Japanese technology, also presented its proposal to the Task Force on Gubat sa Baha.

In particular, the company offered to build a material recovery facility for the city.

The company’s president, Vick Ocon, presented their MRF facility in Lapu-Lapu City. Under the scheme, garbage collected from the barangays processed to produce biodegradable cement blocks for retail.

With the use of Japanese technology, they are able to achieve “zero waste outputs,” said Ocon.

“We are proposing that all the garbage collected in your rivers be reused using our MRF (model),” Ocon added.

Atty. Gerry Carillo, Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairman, said that the city government may use the funding from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for this purpose, adding that the fund has already been downloaded to the city government.

“Actually bag-o lang ko nakahibalo nga na-download na diay sa atoa ang funds. That is why ato ning lihokon dayon kay nindot ni siya nga project,” Carillo said.

Carillo then requested Atty. Kristine Centino from the Office of the Mayor and Reymar Hijara, the mayor’s special assistant for environmental concerns, to attend to the matter immediately, especially that the city does not have any of this project at present.

“We really need to act on this now because we might lose this opportunity because the funds were already given and wala nay cost sa atoa,” Carillo added.  – JMD (FREEMAN)

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