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Sarangani fast-tracks operation of Pyroclave for medical waste

ALABEL, Sarangani (March 5, 2021) – The Provincial Government of Sarangani is set to construct a temporary disposal site as a prerequisite to begin the full operation of the medical waste treatment facility in Alabel town soon.

Rolando Tuballes, head of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, backed up the urgency of the construction during the management committee on March 1 with the findings of the full commissioning of the Sarangani Waste Treatment Facility saying, “the Pyroclave is fully automated.”

Pyroclave is one of the best non-incineration technologies available in the market today where Sarangani is the 8th in the country to use the technology.

Based on the guidelines of the Department of Health, Tuballes said the provincial government is allowed to establish a temporary disposal facility to be used for a maximum of two years. “After that,” he said, “tama-tama lang na matapos din ‘yung construction ng sanitary landfill natin.”

A modified Category 3 sanitary landfill will be built in a 2.8-hectare area based on the guidelines of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, Tuballes said.

Based on the accumulated wastes generated by the Sarangani Medical Center that were treated during the full commissioning of the SWTF on February 8-11, Tuballes calculated the efficiency rate of the machine at 150- 400 kilograms per hour and gauged the facility would likely operate only two days in a week in treating all wastes generated by the six provincial-run hospitals in Sarangani.

“So, it is an opportunity for us to offer our services to the hospitals in General Santos City,” Tuballes said.

Engr. Gerald Faciol, assistant provincial administrator, said the Pyroclave is one of the income-generating projects they expected to give an impact. He said the provincial government is also preparing “for agricultural LEE (Local Economic Enterprise), even the sports complex and, of course, the Pyroclave as a sure income-generating project. Definitely, it will be subjected to LEE,” he said.

According to Tuballes, the Pyroclave “is very reliable as to the percentage of weight reduction and dryness. Weight reduction is at 26%. As to dryness, talagang dry.”

Dr. Arvin Alejandro, provincial health officer, said the Pyroclave is operating at 150C by virtue of the EMB and the Department of Health guidelines which, he said, justified the 26% reduction rate. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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