Dagupan submits options if dumpsite is closed

THE Lim administration is reportedly considering three options in case the open dumpsite in Bonuan District is finally closed and undergoes rehabilitation after he cancelled the Waste to Worth project by Sure Global negotiated by the past city administration.

This was gleaned in the October 21, 2019 letter of City Administrator Alan Dale Zarate to the committee on finance of the Sangguniang Panlungsod chaired by Councilor Michael Fernandez.

The SP earlier asked Zarate what actions will be taken in the event the Department of Energy and Natural Resources (DENR) closes the dumpsite and orders its rehabilitation which could take years.

One option, Zarate said, is the hauling of the garbage by a third party on a phase to phase basis which will require bidding. It was learned that the city government has allocated P50 million to bring Dagupan’s garbage to a sanitary landfill outside Pangasinan, one place being considered is Subic.

Second option is to pursue potential joint venture for a Waste-to-Worth or energy facility.

In the Waste to Worth facility offered by Sure Global to the then Mayor Belen Fernandez, the company will build the facility that will convert plastic wastes into diesel fuel for jeepneys, food wastes into fertilizers and other kinds of wastes into biogas at no cost to the city government. Sure Global reportedly backed out after Mayor Brian Lim indicated he would not continue the project. But the city government will be open to other waste to worth proposals.

Third is to seed the rehabilitation of the open dumpsite on a scheduled phase by phase basis in accordance with approved Safe Closure and Rehabilitation Plan. (Leonardo Micua)

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