The sanitary landfill of General Santos City has become fully operational.
The landfill sits on 64 hectares and is located about 45 kilometers away from the city.
It was built for P219 million under the administration of incumbent Mayor Ronnel Rivera.
The previous administration of Mayor Pedro Acharon Jr. supposedly put construction cost at P300 million.
Rivera was a city councilor when he and now General Santos City Vice Mayor Shirlyn Banas, together with Councilors Ramon Melliza and Dominador Lagare 3rd, protested the high project cost under the Acharon administration.
“I have experiences in my private life that made me deem that the original price was too expensive. I won’t let my constituents pay for the unjustifiable cost of the project,” he said in an interview.
The landfill, according to Rivera, will be operated by the Technical Working Group composed of the contractor R-II Builders and its consortium Phileco and overseen by the City Engineers’ Office and the City Planning and Development Office.
According to Edmund Sese, an engineer and Phileco head, the sanitary landfill had passed strict standards set by regulatory agencies.