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Pilimania: Achieving a rosy economy for a green Naga

Bicol Mail

IT ALL started as not-simple endeavor until the city government of Naga found it as a potent tool in realizing the objective of providing the Nagueño with a better and meaningful life.

With Pilimania, which was appropriately regarded now as an advocacy by every Nagueño, LGU Naga “can expect that its campaign on environment will achieve significant results along with its goal to improve the city’s economy,” said Naga First Lady Farah Bongat, who is the chairperson of the project’s Executive Committee.

Pili’s edible nut, now being a fast-growing delicacy among domestic and foreign tourists, is seen to enhance the city’s One Barangay One Product (OBOP) program while the tree itself works to improve the city’s air-shed quality by lowering the ill-effects of carbon monoxide since the plant exhibits high absorption rate for the toxic gas.

Ms. Bongat said three to four years from now the first batch of the 9,829 pili saplings which were planted on June 7, 2011 are already fully grown and will begin to bear fruits.

Mike D. Rico, Pilimania Project Officer, said the city government of Naga had organized at least three citywide mass planting activities which were undertaken on June 12, 2011, June 22, 2012, and November 22, 2012.

City Environment and Natural Resources Office (City ENRO) placed at 6% the mortality rate of the plants in the city which are being taken care of by barangay officials in the 27 barangays, Pilimania patrollers, civic groups, and private corporations under a public-private partnership.

Waste-to-energy plant site set for clearing operations

By Randy Villaflor
Bicol Mail

THIRTIETH SEEDLING. Mayor Bongat (L) planted the 30th pili seedling for the Pilimania program of the city government with CJ Global Chairman Mr. Yeon Joo Choi.  The scene took place hours before the ceremonial laying of time capsule during the groundbreaking ceremonies for the waste-to-energy facility last November 22, this year, in Barangay San Isidro, Naga City.

NAGA CITY — The City Government of Naga is requesting the office of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) to issue a permit that will allow it to cut the 24 soft wood trees growing within the construction site of the P3-billion waste-to-energy facility.

Earlier, the local government was already given the green light by the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) to cut the 14 coconut trees within the same area situated at Zone 6 in Barangay San Isidro, here.

Oscar Orozco, city environment and natural resources officer, said following the clearing operation, the construction of the plant’s main building, a 7-storey rectangular structure where the plant personnel will hold office will begin.

At present, a series of geologic and hydrologic studies are being conducted to enable the consultants hired by the CJ Global Corporation to examine the area’s soil strata and determine the terrain’s bearing capacity and the site’s ground water elevation.

In his message during the project’s groundbreaking rites last November 22, this year, Mayor John G. Bongat described the construction of the P3-billion garbage-resourced power generating facility as a dream that is slowly but surely becomes real.

For so long a time, the city government has been looking for an effective way to dispose of its garbage when it closed the operation of Balatas dumpsite as mandated by RA 9003.

The prospect of finding a more efficient and environment-friendly approach in managing its solid wastehad become even bleaker when its effort to establish a sanitary landfill with the municipality of Magarao was turned down by Mayor Salvador Señar in 2010.

The waste-to-energy facilityin San Isidro is expected to produce 8 to 10 megawatts of electricity from 100 tons of garbage daily.  It has the capacity to process up to 200 tons of waste to produce 18 megawatts in expanded operations.

City Councilor Nathan Sergio, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s Committee on Environment and Energy, described the construction of the plant as “hitting two birds with one stone” as it will not only resolve the city’s problem on solid waste disposal, but will also allow it to purchase electricity from the plant at very low price.

Ground breaking ceremony held for waste-to-energy facility in Naga City

By Analiza S. Macatangay | PIA

NAGA CITY – A P3-billion facility will soon rise at Barangay San Isidro to address the problem on solid waste disposal that has beset this city for the past decade.

A ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the said waste-to-energy facility has been held on Nov 22. Among those who attended were Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla and Department of Natural Resources and Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, representatives of the CJ Global Green Energy of South Korea, Hitachi Zosen and several other Japanese firms and the local government of Naga City.

The nod to proceed with the construction of the plant was finally given by the DOE after two (2) years of negotiations with the city government and the investors.

The project will be under the build-operate-transfer scheme. The facility will be erected in the 5-hectare expanse of Barangay San Isidro, this city.

The project, which will also generate 20 megawatts of electricity will also be instrumental in ensuring that environmental concerns will be properly addressed. For one, the facility will produce low-cost and environment-friendly electricity for the residents of Naga and its neighboring municipalities.