Mayor-elect Alfredo “Albee” Benitez visited the Bacolod sanitary landfill Friday, May 27, and said he is exploring ways to convert the city’s waste into income generating products.
He also met with City Health Officer, Dr. Carmela Gensoli, on Thursday to lay the ground work for the distribution of health cards to Bacolod residents, especially to indigents.
Benitez said two firms have already expressed interest in building waste-to-energy plants in Bacolod and he will listen to them.
Recycling of waste for other uses are also being explored, he said.
“It may not necessarily be waste to energy, it could be waste to certain products,” Benitez said.
The idea is to generate income from waste that we can pass on to the barangays so they will be active in garbage collection, too, he added.
Benitez said he also met with Gensoli and other health officials to discuss the details of one of his flagship programs – the Bacolod Comprehensive Health Program (BCHP), which aims to especially aid indigent patients of the city.
The BCHP is one of his campaign promises to the people of Bacolod, he said.*