PARAÑAQUE SCRUTINIZES LANDFILL PROPOSALS

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THE Parañaque City government has started scrutinizing the proposals for reclamation projects in Manila Bay within the city’s jurisdiction.

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For the first time, the Public-Private Partnership Selection Committee (PPP-SC) convened to study the proposals and expressions of interest made by at least three companies to carry out reclamation projects.

The selection committee was formed by Mayor Edwin Olivarez of Parañaque through an executive order he issued in accordance with a City Ordinance passed in April 2013.

The ordinance outlined the steps to be taken in connection with PPP projects such reclamation proposals, including the formation of a PPP-SC.

“I formed the committee so that our people can be assured that all proceedings regarding PPP projects including the proposed reclamation projects in the city are orderly, transparent and went through the proper process,” Olivarez said.

SM Land, Inc. submitted to Olivarez an unsolicited proposal last September 11 for a reclamation project, which was promptly referred to the City Council.

On October 30, Ayala Land Inc. also wrote Olivarez expressing interest in participating in any reclamation project that may be undertaken in the city.

The same day, S&P Construction Technology Development Corp. also sent a letter to the mayor offering to carry out a 600-hectare reclamation project within the city limits.

“There must be accountability, and we must make sure that all pertinent laws, rules and regulations by the city and the national governments are strictly followed,” Olivarez added.

The first meeting of the PPP Selection Committee was presided by City Administrator Fernando Soriano, who has been designated chairman.

City Legal Officer Rommel Frias is the committee secretary, while the members are City Treasurer Anthony Pulmano; City Planning Officer Benigno Rivera; City Councilor RufinoAllanigue, chairman of the City Council’s committee on land use; and two representatives from non-government organizations.

The committee also has non-voting members from the Commission on Audit, the Philippine Reclamation Authority, National Economic Development Authority, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Soriano said the committee’s tasks is to study all proposals to be submitted by interested parties to determine their technical capacity, economic viability, as well as their potential environmental impact, among others.

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