Councilor Cabrera endorses Malaysian firm’s landfill proposal

November 30, 2010 10:52 am 

CEBU CITY, Nov. 30 – The Cebu City Council’s committee on environment wants the City Government to adopt an engineered sanitary landfill that a Malaysia-based company is proposing to the city for P1.35 billion.

Cebu City Councilor Nida Cabrera, committee on environment chairperson, said adopting the proposal of Berjaya Corp. Berhad of developing a new sanitary landfill will be cost-efficient for the City Government.

”Actually, their proposal is nice. As we all know, the establishment of a landfill is cost-efficient compared to other projects that seek to address the garbage problem in the city, because it’s a holistic approach,” she said.

”Nothing else will solve the garbage problem but to have a sanitary landfill,” she added.

Last month, Berjaya Corp. representatives met with Mayor Michael Rama and the city’s Solid Waste Management Board to express their interest in developing a sanitary landfill in the city.

Cabrera recently went to Malaysia to study the Bukit Tagar Sanitary Landfill, which Berjaya Corp. Berhad set up. Cabrera said she saw how well the technology was used in the establishment and management of the landfill.

She said it was designed to meet international standards and has a full protective liner to protect the ground from leachate or liquids from the landfill.

”In terms of systems, in terms of liners, they have a very good dumpsite. I’ve seen landfills in other countries but theirs is different,” Cabrera said.

As far as the track record of the company is concerned, Cabrera said Berjaya Corp. Berhad is credible, saying they have also established three sanitary landfills in China.

Mayor Michael Rama, meanwhile, said the proposal has to be studied.

Under the proposal of Berjaya Corp. Berhad, they will shoulder the capital expenditure to develop the landfill, estimated at USD30 million or about P1.35 billion.

The City Government, on the other hand, will have to provide the 20 hectares needed for the landfill, as well as the environmental compliance certificate, among others. (PNA)



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