BAGUIO CITY – The Metropolitan BLISTT Development Authority (MBLISTTDA) Council expressed support for three proposed inter-local development projects presented during its meeting on December 13, 2022 in Baguio City.
The three proposed projects presented were the BLISTT Waste to Energy (WTE) facility, the BLISTT cable car project, and the BLISTT livestock propagation project. These three development projects aim to implement the mandate of the Metropolitan BLISTT Development Authority to accelerate social, economic and political development in the area through coordinated and collaborative undertakings. Integrated solid waste management, alternative multi-modal transport systems, and agro-industrial development were identified as top priority BLISTT projects in the BLISTT Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Master Plan funded by the National Economic and Development Agency (NEDA).
By their nature, the projects shall harness the BLISTT’s potentials as a key player in renewable energy production, solid waste management, attaining food security, and efficient transport management. The BLISTT WTE project will be able to generate up to 10 Megawatts of electric power. This project also seeks to reduce methane and carbon dioxide emission, and landfilling volume. The proponent partnered with international companies Valmet Inc. and BMH Technology, world-renowned pioneers of the waste-to-energy technology, to implement the project. Public consultations for the proposed project site are currently being undertaken.
The proposed first phase of the BLISTT Cable Car system which will operate from the Benguet Provincial Capitol, in La Trinidad to the Baguio City Public Market with stations at La Trinidad Municipal Hall, Quirino Hill, and Baguio slaughter house, will provide an alternative mode of transportation and cut travel time for the residents and visitors of Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet. As the first cable car system of the Philippines, it is also projected to be a prime BLISTT tourist attraction.
Lastly, the proposed BLISTT livestock propagation project aims to modernize and develop the BLISTT area’s cattle, goat, and hog breeding and meat production line, and possibly develop the BLISTT as an exporter of livestock and dairy products. It is also seen to isolate the BLISTT and the Province of Benguet from widespread diseases like the African Swine Fever (ASF). Possible project sites and local implementation partners within the BLISTT area are still to be identified.
The projects will be in partnerships with various private sector firms aligned with the national government’s push for more public-private partnerships (PPPs) to optimize risk allocation between the public and private sector, reduced costs for the government, faster implementation, improved services and revenue generation.
Implementation of such projects will demonstrate how inter-local cooperation for development in the BLISTT, which have long shared an economic, social, and cultural interdependence, can be harnessed through area-wide implementation. NEDA-CAR provides interim technical secretariat services to the MBLISTTDA Council, pending the operationalization of the MBLISTT Development Authority.