Davao City is not a garbage dump’


Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has cringed at the thought that Davao City would be a dump for garbage of neighboring cities, as proposed by solid waste management companies offering to handle the city’s tons of garbage.
I don’t like it. Even the Dabawenyos would not like that, he said at the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on Sunday.
Davao City cannot be a garbage dump of others, he said in the program.
Two companies—Herhof of Germany and Sinova of the United States–have offered waste-to-energy solid waste management technologies to the city government.
Both need from 1,000 to 3,000 tons of garbage daily to feed their plants for operational viability, a long shot from the city’s garbage turnout of 300 to 400 tons a day.
To fill in the volume need, both companies have also proposed to buy garbage from neighbors like Tagum City and Digos City.
Herhof remains as the single offeror for the garbage handling contract, after the city legal office dumped the Sinova proposal for various legal impediments.
The Davao City Council has already approved a resolution intending to consider the proposal of Herhof. The legislative body is set to pass another resolution Tuesday this week, giving authority to Mayor Sara Duterte to sign a Memoranndum of Understanding with the German firm.
Mayor Duterte and five city councilors are set to visit a Herhof plant in Germany in October to observe its operation.


PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO.78, September 19-25, 2011


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