The Hon. Mayor Manuel “Chiquiting Sagarbarria, along with the City Administrator William E. Ablong, City Legal Officer Atty. Neil Ray N. Lagahit, ABC President Albert Aquino, Candau-ay Brgy. Captain Gregorio Oira, City Councilor Manuel Arbon, and ENRO Officer Rogelio Clamonte, left for Manila last Wednesday, May 4, 2011, to have a dialogue with the True Green Energy Group (TGEG).
One of the City Mayor’s concerns was the interesting contract between the True Green Energy Group and the past administration regarding the conversion of garbage into energy which is expected to produce 9 mega watts of electricity. Interesting, isn’t it? They were being toured around San Fernando, Pampanga to see and observe their plant. It was learned that state of the art facilities are already laid upon but not yet operational. It was also discovered that San Fernando would be receiving twenty percent (20%) share while in Dumaguete City, as stated in the contract, is only 3-5% share.
Finally, True Green Energy Group (TGEG) and the City Mayor Sagarbarria’s group have come up with the agreement to see to it that the contract will materialize by September 2011, and reviewed the supposed share of LGU-Dumaguete.
Hopefully, when the contract is consummated, the following municipalities such as Sibulan, San Jose, Amlan, Valencia, Bacong, and Dauin, will also be benefitted by this project and, Dumaguete City will benefit from these neighboring towns as well, considering the number of tons of garbage which will be collected from them for energy conversion.
The Honorable City Mayor envisions a zero-waste to take place in Dumaguete City. Meanwhile, DENR, Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued an authority to the City Government of Dumaguete to close the controversial dumpsite in Barangay Candau-ay. It can be remembered that Hon. Mayor Sagarbarria had an initial plan to fence in the entire dumpsite.
According to the City Mayor, there were several groups who came to him and discussed about their plans for the dumpsite with good offer. This signals that the area will be very much useful for other projects.