THE local government of Baguio is eyeing neighboring Sablan in Benguet as the site of the planned waste-to-energy facility meant to cater to the city and its neighbors’ waste disposal woes.
Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong said that city officials met with members of the Benguet provincial board, Sablan municipal council, and Metro Global Renewables Corporation as the proponent, to tackle concerns regarding the planning and execution of the planned waste-to-energy facility.
According to Magalong, a majority of the Sablan council have voiced their approval for the project.
The Baguio government has meanwhile already committed more than 400 tons of feed stock garbage to use in the waste-to-energy facility, leaving the remainder of the minimum 500 tons of garbage up to the neighboring municipalities to supply in order for the facility to produce its expected 10 megawatts worth of power.
Metro Global is currently tasked with accomplishing and acquiring an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for the project, which is expected to begin construction by next year.
Presently, Baguio City and some local governments in Benguet are hauling out their generated residual waste to the sanitary landfill based in Capas, Tarlac through a commissioned private hauler.
With the planned waste-to-energy facility, the local government is hoping to address its garbage woes without the need for the put-up of a landfill facility.