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P3-B power plant’s groundbreaking in Naga: Koreans, Japanese lead ceremonies

By JASON B. NEOLA
Bicol Mail

NAGA CITY — A team of workers from the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (City ENRO) is now doing site preparations in Barangay San Isidro, here, for the scheduled groundbreaking of the P3-billion waste-to-energy plant on November 22, this year.

Highlighting the groundbreaking rites is the burying of a time capsule that contains some data on the project – the construction of a garbage-resourced power generating facility.

The facility will be constructed in a five hectare expanse on the foot of Mt. Isarog, now with a new perimeter fence.

Mayor John G. Bongat said the construction of the power plant will immediately commence a day after the groundbreaking rites.

Stakeholders expected to attend the ceremonies are the city officials led by Bongat, community leaders, the Korean investors from CJ Global Corporation, Ltd., and six technical men/consultants from Hitachi Zosen Corporation, a Japanese multinational engineering and electronics conglomerate company.

Based on the original plan, the state-of-the-art facility, which will be the first of its kind in the country, will start to operate by the first quarter of 2014.

The Korea-based CJ Global Inc., the project investor, had already paid 30% of the total cost of the machineries that will be deployed to convert into green energy the city’s pile of daily garbage thru the process called gasification.

At the same time, the technical planning group of the foreign firm is busy working out the technical details of the facility’s design. The plant’s construction – one of the final steps of pre-operational phase – will commence once the site development is completed.

Bongat said that other than producing low-cost and environment-friendly electricity for the residents, the facility will also help the city adapt to an excellent garbage disposal management.

Once operational, the plant is expected to generate eight to ten megawatts of electricity from 100 tons of garbage collected daily. The plant has the capacity to process up to 200 tons of waste to produce 18 megawatts in expanded operations.

Orozco said that at least 25% of the daily garbage requirement will be sourced from the Balatas dumpsite. “It is not surprising if five or six years from now, the dumpsite is emptied of garbage,” Orozco said.

Waste-to-energy (WtE) is the process of creating energy in the form of electricity or heat from the gasification of waste source. It is a form of energy recovery. Most WtE processes produce electricity directly through combustion, or produce a combustible fuel commodity, such as methane, methanol, ethanol, or synthetic fuels.

Bicol Habitat eyes bamboo house

Bicol Mail

THE PLANNERS. In photo (left to right) are Architect Rashmi Manandhar, Mr. Aruna Paul Simittrarachichi, national director of Habitat for Humanity Nepal, Charlie S. Ayco, CEO and Managing Director of Habitat for Humanity Philippines, Mrs. Consuelo T. Dy, Bikol Habitat President.

THEY came  in long sleeve shirts and arm cover, wearing buri hat or the malapad na sombrero, with sun-block cream applied on exposed parts of their arms and hands if only to lessen the bite of the sun on them for being exposed for hours to the elements.

They are volunteers lending their hand and hours to Bicol Habitat, a local organization of a cross-section of society affiliated to Bicol Habitat for Humanity International whose mission is “seeking to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope” for those who have less of these in life.

This time Bicol Habitat is into building model bamboo houses, designed by architects from Nepal.

Already,  Bicol Habitat has come up with one model bamboo house  in barangay Balatas in the City of Naga, and more are coming if a bigger lot is available. This model bamboo house sits on a 6×6 square meter lot, have bamboo posts, bamboo walls, bamboo girders, and GI sheets roof.  Nails are not used to tie the posts and girders, but J hooks. Such a house is preferred by the urban poor and even by members of PagIBIG as it is bigger than the regular Habitat housing unit of 20 square meters.

Pedicabs for garbage collection

By Gerald O. Enguero
Bicol Mail

THE MAYOR AS GARBAGE COLLECTOR. Naga Mayor John Bongat tries one of the pedicabs manufactured by the City’s Solid Waste Management Office to enhance garbage collection initially in the three floors of the public market now known as the Naga City People’s Mall. Photo by RANDY VILLAFLOR

Pedicabs, or mobile carts powered by foot pedal, have been devised to provide a more efficient and speedier way of collecting garbage, initially at the public market here.

At least five units of pedicabs, which cost P14,423.60 each, have been initially dispatched at the Naga City People’s Mall (the renamed city public market) after it was formally launched last July 2 by City Mayor John G. Bongat and personnel of the Solid Waste Management Office (SWMO) headed by Engr. Joel Martin.

Engr. Martin said that the new innovation is in line with Mayor Bongat’s instruction to  attain a 100% collection efficiency in the city’s garbage collection.

“Before, the market cleaners used the conventional wooden cart which was heavier and took a lot of effort to collect garbage around the market’s three floors. The use of pedicabs, which are speedier because they are lighter, will save more time and effort on the part of the cleaners and thus deliver their jobs well,” Martin added

When the scale model was first presented to him, Mayor Bongat requested that his photo and name be removed from the vehicle design.

“I’m looking for long term function of the vehicles which are designed to upgrade garbage efficiency in Naga City that’s why I instructed to remove my picture image and name on the vehicles because my term is just temporary while the use of this kind of innovation should be on a long term,” said Bongat.