City gov’t studying waste-to-energy project proposal: Treñas

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The city government of Iloilo is considering a waste-to-energy project proposal.

The proposal submitted by Metro Pacific Water Investments Corporation (MPW) is now being reviewed by the Iloilo City Public-Private Partnership (PPP)-Selection Committee, according to Mayor Jerry Treñas.

It will follow the same procedure as SM Prime Holdings did for the redevelopment of the two biggest markets in the city. (

Treñas added that the plan for the waste-to-energy project must also be approved by national government agencies like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Waste-to-energy or energy-from-waste is the process of producing energy in the form of electricity and/or heat from the primary treatment of waste. To put it simply, it involves turning trash into fuel.

Treas assured that the city will take into account all potential issues and concerns, such as those raised by environmental groups.

He is willing to sit down with environmentalists or any person who will suggest better ways, the city mayor added.

“We will consider all that but you also have to understand that the sanitary landfill is no longer sustainable. It is highly subsidized. And once it is full, we need to look for another place . All concerns of environmental groups will be considered. I invite them to my office anytime,” said Treñas.