Waste to energy facility on reclaimed land?
This is the winning proposal of PRA group of personnel who presented their study last February 24, 2017 in celebration of PRA’s Ruby Jubilee. Launched last January, the Business Model Innovation Awards aimed at developing innovative reclamation projects and alternative sources of revenues. Three intra-departmental groups composed of seven PRA personnel each vied for the Best Business Model Innovation Proposal. The groups needed to look into out-of-the-box, profitable, and high impact ventures.
Since PD 1084 empowers PRA to own or operate facilities like power plants among others, the winning group proposed to build a waste-to-energy (WTE) facility using municipal solid wastes as raw materials and then convert these wastes to renewable energy for sale. The model will work through a tripartite agreement among PRA as the owner of reclaimed land, LGUs as the source of solid wastes, and MMDA as the one mandated to provide services for solid waste disposal and management. Through this model, PRA can forge a Public-Private Partnership with a private entity for the operation of the WTE facility.
Knowing that safe solid waste disposal programs are much needed due to the impending closure of open dump sites as required by the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, the group believes that this proposal is socially and economically viable. The proponents of this idea are Atty. Sharon Kaye D. Larga, Engr. Diomedes M. Tan, Mr. Glenn N. Aguas, Engr. Emmanuel D. Larracas, Ms. Dorotea C. Balignasay, Ms. Aurea Victoria M. Delos Santos, and Engr. Mario C. Bardeloza. Their proposal also aimed to reduce, if not eliminate, health risks from hazardous pollutants in landfills.
The first runner up, composed of Atty. Arnold C. Moralejo, Engr. Eduardo E. Destura, Engr. Rachelle M. Gumarang, Arch. Mari Herson L. Taguiam, Ms. Jenna Ocampo - Versosa, Engr. Rogelio H. Ignacio, and Ms. Ynna Margarita G. Yalong, proposed a different payment scheme in developing reclamation projects. Through their model, reclamation projects will have definitive period of project implementation, revenues that could be translated to social services could be collected in advance, and coastal protection not just for the reclaimed land but for the adjacent communities as well could be implemented. Inland flooding could also be addressed.
The second runner-up, composed of Atty. Johanna Irene M. Gargantiel, Engr. Elizabeth S. Mendoza, Engr. Roperson C. Saccuan, Ms. Ana Lisa N. Pangilinan, Engr. Edwin B. Berce, Ms. Nancy L. Bueno, and Mr. Thaddeus G. Querubin, proposed a model that would maximize the public estates development and management function of PRA. They intend to make good use of PRA’s idle assets and those that produce only a minimal amount.
Being a milestone year, the PRA 40th Anniversary Celebration was adorned by each department’s/business unit’s colourful costumes as a requisite of their cultural performances. The Reclamation and Regulation Office donned in international costumes. Land Development, Construction Management and Technical Services did an opera inspired number. Marketing and Estates Management Unit played as ants as they related the ants’ industrious nature to the 40 year history of PRA. Finance Unit did a dance and song number and the General Manager and Chairman’s Office showed their patriotic side through an all-Filipino folk dance ensemble.
The Reclamation and Regulation Group
Land Development, Construction Management and Technical Services
Marketing and Estates Management Unit
General Manager and Chairman's Office
The winning team, the Legal and Administrative Services Unit, were very elegant in their social dance interpretation of Dancing Queen.