The local government of Catanduanes has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a Singapore technology group to address the province’s problems in waste disposal and energy.
Local government officials of the province and its district Representative Hector Sanchez signed the MOU with Opus Energy Solutions Inc. and Singapore Management Consultancy in August this year.
The green energy specialist and Singapore Management Consultancy will provide the province with Singapore’s emissions standard that maximizes the conversion of solid waste into electricity, with by-products that can also be used for other purposes.
President and chief executive officer (CEO) of Opus Strategic Business Group Rafael Javier Eubra noted that their 36 years of accumulated experience in the industry, specifically in major energy, waste, and water concerns will be beneficial to the province.
“What we want to bring in is a technology that can address a lot of fundamental issues related to the basic necessities faced by the Philippines today,” Eubra was quoted as saying.
Eubra added that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) endorsed one of the Singaporean firm’s technology designs. The National Power Corporation (Napocor) has a buyback agreement with Opus Energy Solution.
“We get endorsements from these government agencies. So, with the MOU, we are to build a power plant—a waste-to-energy power plant—in Catanduanes,” Eubra said.
He also noted that the facility will be different from other power plants fueled by petrol or coal.
“What we use in our power plant is solid waste and convert it to electricity,” Eubra said.