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Solid Waste Management Office created; also named as Special Concerns Office

By Jason B. Neola
Bicol Mail

If your streets are cleaner and the city’s garbage collection is noticeably more efficient, it’s because those concerns now belong to a bigger office recently created by city hall.

By virtue of Ordinance No. 2011-001, the Solid Waste Management Office (SWMO) was created out of the former Waste and Pollution Management Division of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO), elevating the new office into a regular department, to be headed by a Solid Waste Management Officer.

Now steered by Engr. Joel Martin as department officer, the existing City Motorpool that he heads has also been placed under the new department.

As provided for by the ordinance, the SWMO will have the following functions:

a. Develop plans, programs and projects on solid waste management compliant with Republic Act 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act and other applicable laws and execute the same upon approval thereof;

b. Maintain cleanliness of city hall premises, city streets, street islands, parks and plazas and other public spaces as may be assigned by the city mayor; and

c. Coordinate with government agencies and/or offices and non-government organizations regarding the different programs and projects of the city government on solid waste management.

In addition to its regular functions, the SWMO has also been designated by City Mayor John G. Bongat, through his Administrative Order No. 2011-007, as Special Concerns Office, with Engr. Martin, the newly-designated City Solid Management Officer, as executive director.

The Special Concerns Office will serve as implementing office of small scale community projects which may be completed through unified community efforts (i.e. rabuz or barangay basis). These projects, among others, include drainages, pathways, sun dryers, public rest rooms, pavements for communal use and all undertakings that may be determined by the city mayor as special projects.

Naga River rehabilitation gets boost from German government initiative

By Jason B. Neola
Bicol Mail

The Naga River Revitalization Project (NRRP) was given another boost after a German initiative committed to assist the city government in the preparation of a pre-feasibility study to be presented to prospective funding institutions.

Established in 2007 by the Asian Development Bank and the German government, with support from the governments of Sweden, Spain, and Austria, the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) has come to this city to offer help in the realization of the latter’s development plans and investments on infrastructures.

The German government, through the CDIA, has committed US$321,000 to finance the pre-feasibility study on Naga River rehabilitation, which study should be completed by the end of this year.

The pre-feasibility study, at no cost to the city government, needs financial institutions to fund certain projects of the city as far as the rehabilitation of the Naga River is concerned.

For the Naga River, City Mayor John Bongat hopes the realization of the following projects:

  • Construction of compatibly-designed arches for “Danlugan ni Ina” along Tabuco on one end and the Basilica on the other where lamp posts and benches will be put up along the river walk;
  • Development of the 1.13 hectare property of the city at Sagrada Familia (popularly known as Sitio Isla Sison) which would include the provision of a medium-rise housing to free space for mixed-use developments;
  • Construction of pedestrian bridges connecting Dayangdang-Peñafrancia and Lerma- Dinaga;
  • Construction of a landscape riverpark at the Tabuco-Sabang area with provision for zipline stations and boathouses;
  • Installation of multi-purpose monument boards which bear themes and contents that may be adjusted or changed depending on the season;
  • Construction of paid public restrooms at the foot of major bridges along the project area (with cost recovery) and;
  • Setting up of docks and jetties in three strategic locations, specifically: at the mouth of the Naga River at the Tabuco-Sabang area; the Naga City People’s Mall; and the Magsaysay entertainment and lifestyle area.

Senior Environmental Engineer Karin Eberle said the CDIA management team is supporting the construction of such facilities part of Mayor Bongat’s plan to upgrade the city’s residential areas.

Construccion kan WEF masikad na

Bicol Mail

Masikad na ngonian na bulan an construccion kan pinaka-enot na waste-to-energy facility (WEF) sa Filipinas na mamumugtak sa Barangay San Isidro, Ciudad nin Naga asin target na taposon an pagpatindog kan edificio sa laog nin sarong taon mientras na piglalaoman sa laog kan taon 2013 magiging operational na an planta.

Si Oscar Orosco, jefe kan Environment and Natural Resources Offifce (ENRO) sa City Hall nagsabi na andam na an CJ Global Company na ponan muna an construccion kan mahiwas na kudal sa diez hectariang lote, alagad nakakaabala sana iyo an padagos na pagbulos nin uran.

Nakahawas na an local na gobierno kan Ciudad nin Naga sa problema sa lote na sadiri kan familia Zaens matapos magpaluwas nin Writ of Possession an corte pabor sa City Hall nganing bakalon an mahiwas na lote na iyo an obligacion kan LGU para sa proyecto sa irarum kan inaapod na build-operate-transfer (BOT) scheme.

Sinabi ni Alcalde John Bongat an problema sa tambak na basura sa Barangay Balatas mareresolveran man giraray asin maproducir pa nin energia en caso maging operational na an waste-to-energy facility.

Sa memorandum of agreement entre kan City Hall asin CJ Global Company sa Diciembre 2013 dapat magpoon na an operacion kan planta, alagad piglalaoman na pueding magkaigwa na nin test run sa Agosto 2013, sabi pa ni Oroso.

An proyecto, macantidad nin 70 milyones dolyares piglansar kan Enero 15, 2011 asin si groundbreaking rites ginibo sa Balatas dumpsite na iyo kuta si enot na lugar kan gigibohon na planta envez nagdecicion an oficiales local na ibalyo sa mas mahiwas na lugar sa Barangay San Isidro.   An programa pinangenotan ni Alcalde Bongat, DILG Secretary Jess Robrero, dating alcalde kan ciudad bilang juespe de honor asin mga oficial kan CJ Global company.

An facilidad kan compania matransformar kan basura pasiring sa electricidad sa paagi nin paggamit kan proceso sa gasification.

Sinabi ni Bongat na afuera kan maproducir nin corriente, an proceso maproducir pa nin aspalto na pueding gamiton sa construccion nin tinampo.

An planta pigpahayag na pueding magproducir nin 18 megawatts nin corriente gikan sa pigkakarkulong 200 toneladang basura.

An Department of Energy amay nang nagpatanid na posibleng magkaigwa nin problema sa corriente sa masunod na taon kun marealisar na an waste-to-energy project dakulang bagay, sabi pa kan City Hall.