MANILA WATER, KEPPEL EYE QC WASTE TREATMENT PLANT
QUEZON CITY – Manila Water Total Solutions and Keppel Corp. are some of the companies who have signified their interest to build the Quezon City government’s proposed solid waste management facility.
The two parties, along with representatives from two law firms, attended the local government’s pre-bid conference held recently to shed light on the project which forms part of the city’s continuing effort to provide a long-term strategy in addressing the city’s garbage disposal needs.
Currently, the city government is soliciting bids to construct the waste-to-energy facility after it signed a joint certification of successful negotiation with project’s original proponent, Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Covanta Energy, LLC, and Macquarie Group Ltd., subjecting their proposal to a Swiss challenge.
To recall, in March 2017, the Quezon City government granted the original proponent status (OPS) to the consortium’s plan to build an integrated solid waste management facility which entails the reduction of green house gases and the generation of electricity.
City Administrator Aldrin Cuna said the proposed treatment plant will be the first public-private partnership venture for the city since the approval of the QC Public-Private Partnership Code in 2014.
Quezon City is the sole local government unit in the country operating its own PPP Code, he added.
The project can can create employment opportunities amounting to P240 million per year and P79 million per year during construction and operation, according to environmental protection and waste management department head Frederika Rentoy.
The local government can save as much as P27 billion from the project as a result of expenses saved by the city government from reduced hauling costs, Rentoy said.
Meanwhile, he noted that the city’s share of revenues for the project will be sourced from the dividend share arising from the 5 percent equity and real property tax share.
The city’s EPWMD said that Quezon City generates about 2,700 metric tons per day. Of the total, 54 percent are considered biodegradable.
As an offshoot of the closure of the Payatas Sanitary Landfill in 2017, Quezon City now disposes its waste at the Rizal Sanitary Landfill.