council okays P26M for hauling; summons pro tech
BAGUIO CITY – The city council last Monday approved the realignment of P26.2 million from two fund sources to finance the city’s solid waste disposal operations as it directed the withholding of the retention fee to Pro Tech Machinery Corporation for the payment of the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines.
The body also invited Pro Tech representatives to its session on Monday to explain its side on its seeming non-compliance with its obligation to haul out residual wastes, among other conditions contained in its contract with the city government.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Wednesday welcomed the body’s invitation to Pro Tech to once and for all clarify the issues on ERS and hauling operations.
The mayor however warned against a suggestion that the city draw hauling fund from its ERS payment balance to Pro Tech saying this might result to a messy court battle that will only bring more harm than good to the city.
The body in Resolution No. 111 directed the city accountant not to release the retention fee to Pro Tech for the payment of the ERS machines pending resolution of questions on its compliance with the terms of its contract with the city.
The mayor also expressed hope that the body will allocate additional funds to complete the requested amount for hauling services as the approved appropriation last Monday was less than half of the total amount of P60 million requested by the executive department for said purpose.
The outlay approved in Ordinance No. 15 totaling P26,220,601.01 consists of P6,620,051.55 culled from the savings of implemented 20 percent Development Fund projects and P19,600,549.46 from the continuing appropriations earmarked for Capital Outlay of the different departments.
The said funds were reverted to the General Fund and reappropriated for solid waste expenses but this was “subject to the obligation of Pro Tech Machinery Corporation to haul out residual wastes.” – A Refuerzo