BAGUIO CITY – The City General Services Office announced that a well-known organic fertilizer company already took over the management and operation of the two city-owned Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines based in the former Irisan open dumpsite pursuant to a memorandum of agreement that was signed by both parties for the said purpose.
City General Services officer Eugene Buyucan said that Report Innovations will now be in charge of the management and operation of the two multi-million ERS machines for the conversion of the existing raw compost to organic fertilizer and the continuous production of organic fertilizer from the city’s biodegradable waste.
He said the takeover of Raport Inovations on the management and operation of the ERS machines will definitely lessen the burden from the general services office because it will now be the company that will take charge of the continuous production of organic fertilizer and market the same to interested buyers.
The agreement entered by the local government and Raport Inovations will expire in five years subject to renewal depending on the decision of both parties.
Under the agreement that was confirmed by the local legislative body, the local government is obligated to pay to the company 50 percent of its maintenance and operating expenses which will be used for the improvements that will be introduced to make the two machines fully operational to be able to produce the desired volume of organic fertilizer that will be sold to interested buyers from which the firm will be deriving its income and the share of the local government from the sale of the produced organic fertilizer.
Earlier, the local government acquired the 2 ERS machines purposely to process some 48 tons of biodegradable waste to compost fertilizer daily but what had been produced by the said machines were raw compost which have to be further processed to become organic fertilizer.
Raport Inovations committed to work out the improvement of the operation of the ERS machines aside from putting in place the proper technology that will allow the production of the desired compost fertilizer and the continuous operation of the machines to sustain the conversion of the city’s biodegradable waste to organic fertilizer.
The company will also absorb some qualified job order personnel of the local government who are already in charge of operating the ERS machines so that it will lessen the burden from the city while those who will not be hired will be transferred to other areas and perform tasks related to the duties and responsibilities of the City General Services office.
Based on the presentation done by Raport Inovations to the members of the local legislative body when the agreement was subjected to confirmation, the local government will be able to recover the funds that it used to purchase the 2 ERS machines within the 5-year duration of the contract aside from the fact that it will earning additional income that could be used to augment the city’s resources.
The company will be tasked to ensure the continuous operation of the ERS machines so that it will be able to produce more organic fertilizer from the huge volume of biodegradable waste generated from the residents living in the city’s 128 barangays to help lessen the volume of garbage being hauled out of the city. By Dexter A. See