The City Government of Pagadian and four other municipalities, San Miguel, Guipos, Tukuran and Aurora in Zambonga Del Sur in the Philippines have signed a memorandum of agreement with Greenergy Solutions Inc. for the creation of a 25 - year public-private partnership for the operation of a waste-to-energy (WTE) facility that will convert municipal solid waste (MSW) into a renewable energy.
Pagadian City’s Mayor Samuel Co and Greenergy Solutions’ CEO, Ruth P. Briones agreed to turn the City and its adjacent towns into zero waste local government units, which is required under environment regulations in the Philippines.
The signing was on September 7, 2011 which was the opening of the 20th Mindanao Business Conference on “Public-Private Partnership” hosted by the City Government of Pagadian City attended by about 300 traders, businessmen, provincial chambers of commerce, and government officials from Mindanao in the Philippines.
The twenty-five year Public Private Partnership agreement between Greenergy Solutions and the City of Pagadian will convert the half-a-million tons of waste at the Pagadian City landfill and the daily tons of waste generated by five (5) government units in the province of Zamboanga Del Sur.
The WTE project will install a waste thermal gasification technology that complies with the country’s Ecological Solid Waste Management Act and Clean Air Act. The WTE facility will generate renewable energy that will be directed to the National Grid to be distributed to consumers and enjoy the benefits under the Renewable Energy Law.
It could be noted that during the past weeks there were debates on the proper disposal of Municipal Solid Waste in the Philippines which was triggered by the recent collapse of the landfill in Baguio City which caused the death of dozens of people living in the adjacent areas.
The Philippines, however has a strict Clean Air Act Law that prohibits the use of incinerators and open burning technologies in the disposal of the country’s more than 16.0 Million tons of waste generated annually since 2010.