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Oro mayor studies proposal to convert city landfill into waste-to-energy power plant

Cagayan de Oro City (26 September) -- CITY Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula is considering the proposal of a private company to design, construct, finance and operate a waste-to-energy power plant out from the existing city landfill in Upper Dagong, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro.

This even as Ricky Beltran, Cebu branch manager of the Philippine Bio Sciences Company, Inc. (Phil-Bio), presented to Mayor Jaraula and other key city hall officials the technology that will recover methane gas and reuse organic waste materials from the landfill area.

According to Beltran, Phil-Bio is capable of putting in place a Covered In-Ground Anaerobic Reactor (CIGAR) that will hasten the decomposition of solid wastes dumped into the landfill site and convert the area into a 2 to 4 megawatt waste-to-energy power plant.

He explained that using Phil-Bio technology, the city government does not only save from the cost of transferring the dumpsite to other areas, but can also generate income from the sale of energy that will be produced from the waste-to-energy power plant.

If an agreement can be reached between the city government and the Phil-Bio, the private company is willing to finance the construction of the power plant on a Build-Own-Transfer (BOT) scheme with the city government getting a 50 percent share of the income that will be generated from the sale of energy.

Already, Mayor Jaraula got the assurance from CEPALCO officials that it is willing to buy the energy that will be generated by the power plant.

In a meeting with the Phil-Bio and CEPALCO officials, Mayor Jaraula welcomed the proposal as a timely response to the city government's desire to address the issue of air pollution emanating from the dumpsite and its holistic goal of making Cagayan de Oro clean and beautiful.

Mayor Jaraula had asked several officials of the city government to coordinate with the Phil-Bio in the conduct of a waste audit to determine the volume of waste dumped into the landfill and the amount of biogas that can be generated from the area. (Cagayan de Oro City IO/PIA-MisOrOccCam i-Net)

Ms. Kagay-an Tourism leaves for 'Tapok' in Las Vegas

Cagayan de Oro City (26 September) -- REIGNING Miss Kagay-an Tourism 2007 Diana Bagunoc of Barangay Consolacion, Cagayan de Oro City, left yesterday for the United States to perform her role as the city's ambassadress of goodwill.

Bagunoc left for Las Vegas, together with Department of Tourism-10 Regional Director Catalino E. Chan III to attend the "Tapok," an annual gathering of Cagayanons and Misamisnons who are now permanently based in the United States.

As she left for the Tapok event, Bagunoc vowed to promote Cagayan de Oro as the best tourism and investment destination, not only to fellow Cagayanons, but also to other guests who will attend the reunion.

Bagunoc also carried with her some tourism promotion materials about Cagayan de Oro, which she will distribute to fellow Cagayanons abroad, including a video message of City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula for the Cagayanons and Misamisnons abroad.

The 11th Tapok in Las Vegas, Nevada will be held starting tomorrow, September 27 to 30, at the Tuscany Suites and Casino.

The activities for the Tapok include "The First Encounter," which happens Thursday, Sept. 27, to include registration and business exhibits by Cagayanon entrepreneurs.

Roy Gaane, president of Kagay-anon International, disclosed that the opening day is the most exciting part as this will be the encounter of friends from the different cities, states and countries who have not seen each other for long.

On Sept. 28, there will be a grand Tapok Fellowship were the "tapokeros" are asked to come in their outfits of the 1950's to the 1980's in consonance with this year's Tapok theme, "Blast To The Past."

At 10:00 a.m. on Friday, the various Kagay-anon chapters and groups will be re-introduced and with their banners, they will parade around the hall. A presentation of various entertainment numbers from Cagayanons abroad will follow, after which lunch will be served as well as the bidding for the hosting of the next Tapok.

On Saturday, Sept.29, the Tapok activities include business presentations for those who are interested about premiere investment opportunities in Cagayan de Oro and a Gala Night at the Main Ballroom of the Tuscany Suites.

The Tapok 2007 ends on Sunday, Sept. 30 with a mass and breakfast. (Cagayan de Oro City IO/PIA-MisOrOccCam i-Net) [top]

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