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SouthCot’s Health Care Waste Treatment Facility passes environment impact assessment evaluation

CITY OF KORONADAL — South Cotabato’s newly-commissioned Health Care Waste Treatment Facility which employs Pyroclave Systems Technology was given thumbs up sign by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environment Management Bureau (DENR_EMB) 12.

The approval was made during an Environment Impact Statement (EIS) Review and Presentation of the Health Care Waste Treatment Facility on October 7 at Celema’s Place here, attended by the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Review Committee members composed of DENR-EMB 12 and NGOs.

Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) chief Siegfred Flaviano presented the EIS assisted by PEMO – Environment Management Division chief Senior Environment Management Specialist Elbe Balucanag.

With the approval, the province’s treatment facility based in Tinongkop, Tantangan where the Integrated Provincial Environment Management Center is located, can now full swing its operation.

SEMS Balucanag disclosed that they already received requests from private health care providers to collect, treat and dispose their health care wastes.

“At present, the facility will just cater to public hospitals under the supervision of the province as part of its on-going test and commissioning but in a few weeks time, we will cater to all government and private health care providers province-wide,” Balucanag added.

Technical Working Group (TWG) members of facility composed of provincial offices and national line agencies representatives have already met with health care waste providers and will decide on the tipping fees it will charge for every health care waste collected on a per kilogram basis to clients.

The project is envisioned by the province to become a self-sustaining endeavor where its revenue can fully sustain its annual operation.

Its organizational structure includes a supervisor, equipment operators, insulated van driver and collectors.

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