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Wastewater Effluent, Municipal Solid Waste and other garbage and solid waste materials in the Philippines are building up at an alarming rate. Currently, most of the garbage will be dropped into what are effectively dumps, rarely even landfills11. Those “landfills” that are covered, are often covered incorrectly and there is no managed effort to reforest or reclaim these lands. The end results are often mudslides or even flooding that wash the garbage back into populated areas, often resulting in unnecessary disease and even death to the surrounding populations. While these issues are certainly more pronounced around larger, urban population centers and the big cities, this problem is a common theme throughout the Philippines. Many different current technologies turn this waste into viable, marketable products with a return that generally pays back the entire investment within a three year period.

 

Waste to Energy in the PhilippinesAdditional programs however, need also be put in place so as to accommodate and assist those people who will be both displaced and/or adversely impacted as a direct result of these programs for the ultimate and complete elimination of the need for landfills within the Republic of the Philippines. These programs should include priority for these people in the introduction of both low-skill and skilled labor positions, the provision of basic facilities and educational programs and other paid employment opportunities for those in need of assistance due to the introduction of this program on a domestic scale.

The Proposal is presented herein as a Public-Private-Partnership or PPP Project which can be introduced either as a PPP utilizing the law as set forth for PPP and the Local Government Unit (LGU) and/or for the Domestic or National Government of the Philippines. Likewise, it may also be constructed under either a Build Own and Operate (BOO) or Build Own and Transfer (BOT) Models depending on negotiations and the ultimate determination best suits the needs of both the Government and the People of the Republic of the Philippines. Regardless of the business model that will ultimately be determined during negotiations, the formation of a Not-For-Profit Entity, duly registered and licensed to conduct business within the Republic of the Philippines must be established.

In the event that a BOO business model is selected, this Not-For-Profit Foundation will assume full ownership of the Commercial Venture at such a time as all of the original liabilities have been successfully and completely paid in full. It also needs to be noted, that the Commercial Venture, even when owned by a Not-For-Profit Foundation, will continue to pay taxes in full accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (or GAAP) regardless of ownership2. The Not-For-Profit Foundation will be the primary shareholder and/or owner of the commercial enterprise and as such, fully justified in retaining any and all commercial proceeds.

Additionally, under Foundation ownership and in accordance with Philippine Law, not less than seventy percent of all “net” commercial proceeds (as opposed to gross corporate proceeds) will be utilized for humanitarian pursuits, social assistance and infrastructural development and the supplementation of costs for local infrastructure in areas that are directly affected by the implementation of this program. The focus will first be on appropriate measures to offset any detrimental impact for those displaced or otherwise inconvenienced and/or whose livelihoods are endangered by the implementation of these projects, more exactly, those among the indigent, disabled and/or other individuals and familial units in the same socioeconomic circumstances3.

This PPP project will remain largely under the ownership of the parent foundation, though it may be necessary to relinquish a portion of the company and subsequent proceeds in order to ensure the ability to fund the initial phases of planning, development and implementation. The project will convert much of the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) into viable byproducts that can be sold or marketed, while at the same time working in cooperation with the primary Permacultural Institution in order to generate sufficient levels of NG or natural gas to replace the projected losses when the Malampaya Natural Gas project is decommissioned in 2024.

Such a coordinated effort would allow for the replacement of the levels currently produced by the Malampaya NG Project without the need for the construction of environmentally damaging ports, or expensive imports that would require the exportation of Philippine currency, thus strengthening GDP and GNP with no detrimental impact to the national economy.

Extended efforts of the Foundation that will be funded by the PPP project include large scale sustainable land developments in full and complete cooperation with both the National Government and the Tribal Government of the Philippines.

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1In a landfill, the garbage is generally stored in a section of ground at a lower elevation and then filled in and covered with dirt and reforestation at such a time as it has been filled to capacity. This is bad enough environmentally speaking, but it does at least provide some advantage insofar as it hides the actual problem of the excessive garbage. Most of the dumps within the Philippines are, even if covered, only covered haphazardly, often leading to even more hazardous floods and landslides as the areas that have been filled in erode and wash away. All of the byproducts from the KOMO Helioconverter technologies are marketable and aid in the restoration of balance without any detrimental impact on the environment.

2Unbeknownst to the group who originally “discovered” this business model, it is not unique. In fact, this is the very same principles utilized by some of the larger and more prevalent religious institutions in their ownership of commercial and even private properties. If there is any striking difference, it is the guarantee that not only will the commercial interests continue to pay taxes in accordance with GAAP but also that a minimum of seventy percent of all commercial proceeds will be used to provide a direct and tangible benefit to the People of the Republic of the Philippines through both social assistance programs and/or infrastructural development and operations.

3The organizational structure of governance within the Philippines allows for the immediate provision of services to these people as there are already records in place from the ongoing efforts of the DSWD Liaison within each and every Barangay.

 

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