EcoWaste Coalition on Friday called on Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama to abandon a proposed waste-to-energy (WTE) facility project, which will plunge the city into “a highly onerous contract.”
Lawyer Lievj Alimangohan, the representative of the group, lambasted the “hasty approval” of the proposed incinerator project by the City Council.
“There is clear scientific evidence that WTE facilities produce and release harmful toxins that cause serious respiratory diseases. Moreover, the city will be locked into a highly onerous contract for many years,” said Alimangohan.
On March 9, the City Council approved the proposal of New Sky Energy (Philippines) “despite the lack of proper multi-stakeholders consultations and public bidding processes.”
The project proponent is a subsidiary of a Chinese incinerator company New Sky Environment Tech. Co. Ltd.
“These are serious concerns and the City Government should reconsider its approval of this dangerous agreement,” said Alimangohan.
According to the project proposal, the incinerator company will establish a waste-to-energy garbage incinerator facility in the city while the city government will provide a 40-year secured franchise to the company.
The city is also expected to produce a minimum guaranteed volume of 800 tons of garbage per day at an expensive rate of Php 1,300 pesos per ton.
“The city should not jump at this quick-fix solution that in the end will be a burden to the city and will threaten the people’s health, welfare, and sources of livelihood,” said Alimangohan.
“There are already more ecological and people-centered solutions on solid waste management and we hope these should be considered first and foremost by our local leaders,” he added.