Philippines News Agency (PNA)
September 12, 2011
In exchange for recyclable scrap materials that could be recovered, a Korean environmental technology firm is providing technical and financial grant for the establishment of an Integrated Sanitary Landfill (ISL) and Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in this major fishing and agricultural municipality of Sorsogon.
“We are now in the process of finalizing the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Seoul-based Jeong Sol Green Technology Limited (JSGTL) of South Korea which, in principle had agreed to grant us financial and technical assistance for the construction and management of our ISL and MRF,” Mayor Dennis Reyes here said over the weekend.
As to the total cost of the project that would be shouldered by the Korean firm, Reyes said it was premature to announce an exact figure as it is still being studied, “but certainly it will be in tens or even a hundred of million pesos”.
Inhabited by a population of about 65,000 in some 12,000 households, this municipality, the third largest in the province, does not have enough funds to finance the establishment of these solid waste management facilities to be able to comply with the mandate of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, according to Reyes.
Enacted in year 2000, this Act requires local government units (LGUs) to put up their own ISL or controlled dumpsites for their solid waste and non-compliance within five years following its effectivity shall mean penalty to be imposed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
This LGU has already been warned by the DENR regional office for Bicol based in Legazpi City on its non-compliance with RA 9003 and Reyes said his administration is doing all means to comply but it do not have enough funds for it given that its Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) is only about P80,000 per year.
“Blessings in disguise, we were able to get an approval from JSGTL which agreed to undertake the preparation of the design, finance the construction and management of our proposed ISL and MRF. Very soon, upon the signing of the MOA, its establishment will be implemented,” the mayor said.
Under the proposed MOA, the Korean firm will also shoulder the amount for the purchase of a 30-hectare land to be used as the site for the facilities which it will manage and operate for 25 years, he said.
The agreement would also provide that the LGU will receive 15 percent of the gross income derived from recyclable scraps to be processed in the MRF and apart from environmental gains, the other economic benefits that the facilities would provide to the locality are infrastructure development and employment, Reyes said.
What the JSGTL would get from it are processed scraps that could be exported to Korea or to other countries within the period of 25 years that the dumpsite and MRF are under its management, he added.
The draft MOA also provides that no prohibited garbage such as pathological wastes and by products of health clinics, hospitals, laboratories or similar sources as well as industrial wastes especially those that are toxic and containing hazardous substance would be allowed in the ISL and MRF.
The MRF, Reyes said will be operating as scrap paper bailing press, pelletizer of the recyclables plastics, injection molding machines, compactor of beer and soft drink tin cans and other similar items, food waste composting facility and enactor.
The ISL will also operate under the guidance of the 10-year solid waste management plan formulated by the Municipal Solid Waste Management Board that ensures efficient management of solid waste generated within the town’s jurisdiction with primary emphasis on implementation of all feasible re-use, recycling and composting programs.
“Certainly, with the completion and operation of these sanitary landfill and MRF, the municipality would be able to do away with its open dump sites in compliance with the Ecological Solid Waste management Act,” the mayor added. (PNA)
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