BAGUIO CITY – Concerned parties to an agreement for the utilization of the Benguet Corporation’s Antamok open pit site as a sanitary landfill with waste-to-energy component decided to form a technology assessment team to evaluate appropriate advanced technology to be used in the proposed integrated solid waste management system in the said property located in Itogon town.
The technology assessment team will be composed of Antonio Buenavista of Benguet Corporation as Chairperson with City General Services officer Romeo D. Concio, City Planning and Development Officer Evelyn G. Cayat, Romeo Pocding of the Itogon Municipal Mayor’s Office, Engr. Imelda F. Nuguid of the Itogon Municipal Planning Office, Benguet Gov. Crecencio Pacalso, Luacan Punong Barangay Henry Diamnuan, Benguet Corporation’s administrative department head Atty. Froilan Roger Lawilao, Engr. Mario Ymbang of Benguet Corporation, Anna Montes of Benguet Corporation, National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) Executive Director Eligio T. Ildefonso, Regional director Ralph Pablo of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Cordillera Administrative Region (DENR-CAR), Assistant City General Services Officer Eugene Buyucan, Solid Waste Management Head Dominador Urbanozo of Baguio City and Assistant Solid Waste Management Head Engr. Emmil-Bert Floresca.
The team shall be responsible for the evaluation and assessment of the various technology proposals that were previously submitted by different proponents to the local government of Baguio within 30 days without prejudice to other technology proposals that may be submitted to the team for its evaluation and assessment.
For the said purpose, the members of the team are required to meet regularly in order to carry out its mandate.
Further, representatives of Goldrich Natural Resources Exploration and Development, Inc. shall sit as observers during the team’s evaluation and deliberations on the technology proposals duly submitted for consideration.
The team shall submit a detailed report to Goldrich Natural Resources Exploration and Development, Inc. recommending three of the best technology proposals from among those it had evaluated and assessed for the consideration of the company in the conversion of the Antamok open pit into a sanitary landfill with a waste-to-energy component.
Goldrich will be the one to select the appropriate technology that will be used in the proposed landfill project being the entity authorized to develop and implement the project provided that the technology selected for implementation shall conform to the original intent of the earlier agreement entered into between the company, Benguet Corporation, the City Government of Baguio and the Municipal government of Itogon.
To ensure that the landfill project conforms with international standards, the concerned parties underscored the need to create a technological assessment team and appoint members to initially evaluate and assess the pending technology proposals.