By Antonio L. Colina IV and Yas D. Ocampo
Davao City – City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has welcomed the proposal of the Japanese Government to put up a waste-to-energy (WTE) facility in the city, a development that is expected to address growing concerns over the capability of this rapidly growing city to handle its worsening solid waste management.
In a press conference duringthe KakaoKonek 2017 at the SMX Convention Center Davao Tuesday, Carpio said the idea of having a WTE facility being built in the city was taken up during the signing of the “green sisterhood agreement” with Kitakyushu City in Japan last week.
Carpio said that in her meeting with Japanese officials, she was informed that the Japanese government was willing to put up WTE facilities, not only in Davao City, but in other cities in the country.
According to Carpio, she had actually declined a previous offer from the Japanese government for a WTE facility to be put up in the city because the local government couldn’t afford the costs.
But things changed when Carpio said that her father, President Rodrigo RoaDuterte, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, along with representatives from a private firm in Japan, started to discuss the possibility of establishing WTE facilities in different cities in the country.