TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, July 13 (PNA) -– A waste-to-energy facility will soon rise in Barangay San Agustin, here and is expected to be completed on the first quarter of 2016.
Jose Maria Lim, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) president and CEO, said that they were finalizing the technical details of the plant and that they ran into a few issues involving their engineers and designers which caused a little bit of delay, but assured the crowd that the said issues have been resolved and that they will pursue the project as was originally conceived.
“Financial arrangements with the banks are just being finalized… it’s just a timing issue with the banks when we’ll really get the facility, but as soon as we have that, we will be ordering within a month the equipment that will come into this project,” he bared.
It may be recalled that the city government and the Metro Pacific Investment Corporation signed an amended Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in October 2014, one year after the 2013 MOA signing between the city and the Global Green International Energy Philippines, Inc. for the construction of said facility.
Alan Matthews, Global Green’s head, said that aside from providing the city and its residents with cheaper and more efficient energy, the project also aims to clear up the environment by diminishing the volume of wastes being dumped at Barangay San Agustin’s landfill site.
The project will also benefit the local community by way of tapping the residents of the Barangay as workers for the plant.
“We will try to involve all the people who are involved in the current waste handling, para hindi mawalan ng trabaho, and try to hire them as well to work in our plant,” Lim added. (PNA)