THE city government of General Santos needs a new dump for the 110 tons of solid waste generated by 26 barangay (villages) now that a 63-hectare sanitary landfill that receives the garbage has reached full capacity.
Ferdinand Pareja, chief of the Solid Waste Management Office, on Wednesday said the sanitary landfill built in 2016 has a lifespan of only five years.
Pareja recalled that during the incumbency of then-city mayor Ronnel Rivera, a public-private partnership deal for the construction of a new solid-waste facility at Barangay Sinawal in GenSan fell through because of "conflict of interests between competing bidders."
He urged GenSan Mayor Lorelie Geronimo-Pacquiao to give priority to allocating around P70 million for the new dump.
The old sanitary landfill was built through a P219-million loan from the World Bank's Support for Strategic Local Development and Investment Project that was coursed through the Land Bank of the Philippines under a design-build-operate contract between the R-II Builders Inc. and the Philippine Ecology Systems Consortium Inc.
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A private consortium, East Asia Sheng Tai, East Asia Solutions Technology Corp., Sheng Tai Energy Technology Company and Dr. Lin Shing-Chou submitted their respective proposals to the city government to manage the sanitary landfill and operate it for 25 years at P100 million.
None of the proposals, however, materialized.
The city government constructed the sanitary landfill in compliance with Republic Act 9003 or the "Ecological Solid Waste Management Act," which was signed into law by former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2001 ordering the closure of open dumps in favor of sanitary landfills.