Private firm to open waste treatment facility, offer training in Lapu-Lapu

A PRIVATE firm based in Barangay Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City will soon offer training on solid waste management and provide waste treatment services.Vic Metal Fabrication and Environmental Services Inc., owned and operated by Victoriano Ocon, held a ground breaking ceremony at its future site on Thursday, July 28, 2022.Ocon, president and chief executive officer of the company, told reporters on Thursday, that the training center is expected to be operational starting next year and that it is open for all the local government units (LGUs) whose personnel would like to be trained in using their system.Ocon noted that proper waste segregation has not been professionalized, adding that this is part of their advocacy to train them apart from supplying the system nationwide.Ocon said their training center is already accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.Should the LGUs avail of the training, they are expected to pay a price amounting to P10,000 per personnel apart from the P60 million for the purchase and transfer of the system or equipment.Apart from Lapu-Lapu City, Ocon said they had turned over the equipment in Tagbilaran and Dumaguete City while there is ongoing transfer of their equipment in the towns of Tuburan and Alegria in Cebu Province.Waste treatment servicesAside from their training center, Ocon said their facility will also cater to the treatment of biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes and even septage or liquid waste.Ocon said their waste management facility also offers sewage treatment services.But he emphasized that the facility could only cater to waste collected in Lapu-Lapu City, adding that he himself is a resident of the city and that there is a need to prevent possible damage caused by pollution since it is a tourism area.Ocon said the P200 million facility could process about 220 tons of solid waste a day while 15,000 liters of liquid waste.He said it would cost P3,500 per ton of garbage once the city government, including the small private companies, avail of their services.Ocon added that their system is in accordance with the provisions of the law, adding their facility will be inspected by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources every month.Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan said this will be a big help to the city since there is a need for the cleanest and greenest environment, being a tourism hotspot.Chan said proper waste segregation and collection have become a challenge for the City due to the city’s growing population.