Facelift for Calajunan dumpsite to start soon-A A +A
Thursday, May 29, 2014
ILOILO City's 24 hectares dumpsite in Barangay Calajunan, Mandurriao district will soon be the site of a multi-billion peso solid waste to energy project funded by a Korean consortium.
The project is set to start before the end of 2014 through the City Government's joint venture with Dream Engineering Company Ltd. of South Korea, where the equipment, boilers and turbines will come from.
The project is expected to produce energy of about six megawatts to augment the power supply in the city by 2016. It will utilize the collected garbage as fuel.
More than 200 metric tons are collected daily from the city areas, including garbage from the nearby municipalities of Pavia and Oton as covered towns under the Metro Iloilo Guimaras Economic Development Council.
A memorandum of agreement was signed early this year between Mabilog and Dream Engineering Chairman Youn Pyo Hong, where the company assured some P10 billion as initial investment of the project.
Meanwhile, the city’s dumpsite will also be converted into a sanitary landfill, following a mandate from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the World Bank.
Engr. Raul Gallo of the General Services Office said the landfill project, designed at 3.3 hectares of the dumpsite, is solely a City Government initiative approved by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.
The project is funded through a P287-million loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines for 15 years duration.
Publication for the construction of the landfill project will be released soon for prospective bidders to apply and bid to construct the facility for 14 months, earmarked to start by July 2014.