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Aldwin Quitasol

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BAGUIO CITY — Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) will soon be conducting a demonstration of a waste-to-energy (WTE) equipment that will help ease the locality’s waste disposal problems.

According to Magalong, the unit, which could convert into electricity and methane gas the 400-meter tons of garbage generated by the residents of the city, will be delivered by the PNOC together with Japanese experts.

The unit will be installed at the 1-hectare waste transfer station within the former Baguio Dairy Farm.

Before the actual demonstration, the Japanese experts will visit the target site in Antamok, Itogon and make necessary recommendations to the improvement of the area, Magalong said.

The site is a former mining area of Benguet Corporation. It was ceded to the Baguio City government primarily for the establishment of an integrated solid waste management facility.

“We will test the WTE demo unit in the city to ascertain its feasibility as a prelude to its installation in Antamok once the PNOC feasibility study on the WTE will turn positive,” Magalong said.

He added that the WTE technology of Japan is referred by the Department of Energy (DoE). He said it is also the preference of President Rodrigo Duterte as the latter saw how such function when he last visited the country.

Magalong said he will meet with Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan on the establishment of a WTE facility within the latter’s jurisdiction.

Earlier, PNOC officials informed Magalong and then Mayor Mauricio Domogan on the approval of the P6 million grant by the DoE to fund the feasibility study.

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