Cebu City garbage fees to cost P43.2M

CEBU CITY -- Cebu City Hall will have to shell out P43.2 million yearly as tipping fee to other dumpsites if it pursues the total closure of the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill in October.

The Solid Waste Management Board (SWMRB) said the City will have to pay P120,000 per day or at least P3.6 million a month so that the city's garbage will be diverted.

At present, the City is studying whether to divert the city's garbage to the landfill of Consolacion town once the Inayawan landfill is closed. The City is still negotiating, though, with the northern town’s officials about the plan.

Department of Public Services (DPS) Chief Engr. Dionisio Gualiza, in an earlier interview, said he would prefer that the City pay for the tipping fee, instead of continuing to operate the landfill.

Aside from the environmental hazards, Gualiza said the city spends millions buying equipment just to extend the lifespan of the facility.

Assistant DPS chief and landfill manager Engr. Randy Navarro said the city has appropriated at least P22 million this year for the landfill.

Of the amount, at least P12 million has been set aside for deodorizers to manage the stench of the facility. At least P9 million, on the other hand, will be used for the purchase of limestone that serves as the landfill's soil cover, while P500,000 will pay for repairs of the landfill's equipment.

The P22-million appropriation is on top of the P5 million that has been set aside by the city for renting equipment, such as bulldozer to prevent the 10-meter-high heap of garbage at the landfill from overflowing toward nearby settlements.

Another P5 million budget has been set aside for the rental of heavy equipment, such as bioreactors to process the segregated waste dumped in the facility since the implementation of the City’s "no segregation, no collection" policy began last April.

Last year, the city spent at least P100 million for the landfill. That included its maintenance, repair of heavy equipment and the purchase of limestone to stop the landfill from burning.

With the impending closure of the landfill in October, the SWMB recommended to Mayor Michael Rama to make fully operational eight materials recovery facilities (MRF) sites in the city, aside from appropriating P120,000 per day for the tipping fee.

The MRF's that will be made fully operational are those in barangays Ermita, Talamban, Luz, Mabolo, Apas, Kalunasan, Quiot, and Mambaling.

Aside from that, the SWMB wants scavengers to recycle 58 tons per day of recyclable waste, establish a transfer station and manage plastic wastes through a private partnership, among others.

The SWMB said a closure plan for the landfill will be completed by December 31, 2011. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Related story: 'Landfill can’t be closed'

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Philippine economic growth slows to three-year low
    Philippine economic growth slows to three-year low

    Philippine economic growth in the first quarter slowed to a three-year low of 5.2 percent, well below forecasts, due to lethargic government spending and weak exports, officials said Thursday. "While growth in the private sector remains robust, the slower than programmed pace of public spending, particularly the decline in public construction, has slowed down the overall growth of the economy," Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan told reporters. "Exports were the other source of the …

  • EM ASIA FX-Won near 2-month low on plunging yen, peso pares gains as growth weakens

    * S.Korea intervention spotted, won hits 7-year high vs yen * Philippine peso briefly weaker after Q1 growth disappoints (Adds text, updates prices) By Jongwoo Cheon SEOUL, May 28 (Reuters) - South Korea's ... …

  • Britain's tied visa rules fuel abuse of live-in maids, nannies

    By Katie Nguyen LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Susi, a single mother from the Philippines, left for a job in Qatar, she convinced herself it was a sacrifice worth making for her children at home. For more than a year, Susi's sacrifice involved waking before dawn and working past midnight, cooking, cleaning and looking after a Qatari family. Conditions deteriorated when Susi was brought to Britain by her boss. …

  • SE Asia Stocks - Philippines at four-month low after Q1 GDP miss

    BANGKOK, May 28 (Reuters) - Philippine shares hit a more than four-month low on Thursday after economic growth in the first quarter was slower than expected, while Thai stocks retreated after disappointing ... …

  • Philippine economic growth slows to 5.2 percent in 1Q

    Sluggish government spending slowed Philippine economic growth in the first quarter of this year, officials said Thursday. The country's gross domestic product grew by 5.2 percent in the first quarter, ... …

  • PSE to sell Makati and Ortigas offices
    PSE to sell Makati and Ortigas offices

    Set to move to a unified headquarters in Bonifacio Global City in 2016, the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) has issued plans to sell their offices in Makati and Ortigas. PSE President Hans Sicat issued that PSE means to sell the offices, but that they may also opt to rent them out instead. …

  • ‘Inland areas could be exposed to tsunami-like waves’
    ‘Inland areas could be exposed to tsunami-like waves’

    While strong earthquakes cause tsunamis in coastal areas, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned that inland areas could also be exposed to tsunami-like waves, or seiche, if located near or around bodies of water. In a recent earthquake awareness seminar in Muntinlupa, Phivolcs supervising science research specialist Joan Salcedo explained that a seiche is a large wave similar to a tsunami, triggered by strong ground shaking from an earthquake or volcanic …

  • China gives ‘gentle reminder’ to Phl, warns small nations
    China gives ‘gentle reminder’ to Phl, warns small nations

    China gave the Philippines a “gentle reminder” last Tuesday that Beijing will not bully small countries but warned these nations not to make trouble willfully and endlessly. “Here is a gentle reminder to the Philippines: China will not bully small countries, meanwhile, small countries shall not make trouble willfully and endlessly. The Chinese Foreign Ministry also said that China would continue to build other civilian facilities on relevant maritime features in the disputed Spratly Islands …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options