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Distrito: Garbage collection
privatization advantageous

Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito yesterday said the privatization of garbage collection will be very advantageous to the city, considering that the contract of service will push the contractor to deliver 90 to 100 percent efficiency in collecting garbage in Bacolod City.

The city’s Solid Waste Management Committee presented during a committee hearing yesterday that the current efficiency rating of the city in handling garbage collection is 70 percent, with incurred expenses of about P77 million last year.

The hearing was conducted by the Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government, chaired by Distrito, after the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod acted on the Contract of Service to be executed by the city and Metrowaste Solidwaste Management Corp. during its regular session Wednesday.

Distrito said that, in seeking a private contractor to take charge of the garbage collection, the efficiency rating will be 90 to100 percent, and the city will save more or less P1.2 million per month, or about P16.5 million per year.

Vicente Petierre III, member of the Bids and Awards Committee, said that, for the privatization of garbage collection, the city will be only spending P72 million for eight months, that is lower compared to the P77 million it incurred as expenses for garbage collection last year.

Jerome Solinap, BAC chairman and General Services Officer of Bacolod City, said the contractor will be paid on a collection basis and this will depend on the volume of garbage it has collected.

Distrito said it was also clarified in the hearing that the sanitary landfill, or the dumpsite, will still be operated by the City through the Department of Public Services.*CGS

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