BAGUIO CITY – The city government will bid out next week the hauling of its residual waste to the engineered sanitary landfill in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan.
City General Services Officer Romeo D. Concio said the conduct of the annual public bidding for the hauling of the city’s residual waste outside the city is part of the compliance of the local government to the stringent requirements of the Commission on Audit (COA) for the conduct of periodic bidding to lessen the cost of the hauling of residual waste.
“There were no takers when we bid out the hauling of the city’s residual waste to Urdaneta City that is why we were forced to re-bid the hauling next week and we hope that there will be takers,” Concio stressed.
At present, the city is spending some P932 in hauling cost and P500 tipping fee or a total of P1,432 per ton just to bring the city’s residual waste to the engineered sanitary landfill in Capas, Tarlac.
However, the management of the Urdaneta City engineered sanitary landfill reportedly matched the P500 tipping fee and that the hauling cost is expected to be reduced by more or less P200 per ton that would mean a significant reduction in the hauling cost of the city’s waste outside the city.
According to him, the local government will be realizing around P5.5 million annual savings from the budgeted hauling cost of garbage to the engineered sanitary landfill in Capas or Urdaneta City.
For this year, the city government appropriated some P85 million for the hauling of the city’s residual waste outside the city.
It was learned that the city is hauling out at least 130 tons of residual waste from the transfer station in Longlong, Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet to the Capas, Tarlac engineered sanitary landfill daily.
One of the requirements of prospective bidders for the hauling of the city’s residual waste outside the city is the provision of a transfer station that will serve as a staging area for the trucks of the contractor.
Concio admitted that there were two interested haulers who visited their office to secure the necessary bid documents but they were not qualified to participate in the bidding next week because they were not able to present proof of the existence of a transfer station for the staging area.
In 2010, the hauling cost of the city’s residual waste from the city to the lowlands was pegged at P3,400 per ton but because of sustained negotiations and the competition among the management of the Capas and Urdaneta City engineered sanitary landfills, the cost was eventually lowered to P1,432 per ton. Such cost could be further reduced depending on the results of the re-bidding of the hauling project next week./Dexter A. See