Smiles and goodwill abound during the plant visit of Markell Machineries located in Deparo, Caloocan City by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) on the 20th of June 2018. Markell Machineries was selected to fabricate and construct a centralized materials recovery facility (CMRF) in General Santos City through local government unit (LGU) cooperation via the office to the City Mayor under Component 3 of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) called “Demonstration of Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) in Open Burning Activities in Response to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)”. The purpose of the UNIDO/EMB plant visit is to conduct a technical inspection of the additional equipment to be provided to General Santos City CMRF.
Representing EMB was the National Solid Waste Management Commission / Secretarial (NSWMC) OIC – Executive Director, Engr. Eligio T. Ildefonso. The partner LGU of General Santos city was represented by its OIC Head of the Waste Management Office (WMO), Mr. Ferdinand Pareja. UNIDO was represented by its Industrial Development Officer, Dr. Carmela Centeno and its National Project Manager for the Demonstration of BATs and BEPs in Open Burning Activities in Response to the SC on POPs, Ms. Haidee Piniero. Markell Machineries Manufacturing was represented by its President, Engr. Bernabe M. Archeta. Also present during the site visit are representatives from the Policy, Planning and Program Development Division of EMB and the Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service of DENR.
The CMRF, to be located in Barangay Sinawal, General Santos City, will be the first large scale mechanized CMRF in the Philippines capable of processing up to 40 metric tons per day (TPD) of municipal solid waste. The commissioning of the CMRF is slated this coming September 2018. According to Engr. Ildefonso, “This is the first project of this scale in the country. I hope that other LGUs follow the first steps we are taking here”.