Thursday, November 16, 2006

Davao got best deal with Schaefer-Duterte

The purchase of garbage bins by the city government of Davao may have raised a howl among councilors who found the price tag a bit too steep but Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the city got the best deal from the seller.

"They are the expert in garbage equipment all over the world," Duterte said referring to SSI Schaefer Philippines, the company from which the 20 thousand garbage bins were earlier purchased.

SSI Schaefer is a German company which boasts of subsidiaries in twenty two countries. It has completed at least 800 projects all over the world and is ISO 9001 certified.

Duterte said Davao got a very good deal from Schaefer because their garbage bins have a lifespan of 15 years. The amount borrowed by the city to purchase the bins is payable for 8 years, he said, and Schaefer matched this with an eight0year warranty.

"This means that if the garbage bins are damaged or destroyed within that period then they will replace the bins," he said.

He said the garbage bins are also reasonably priced at P6,000 each compared to a local company selling garbage bins at a higher price and without warranty.

Dabawenyos can also expect an increase in the number of the city's garbage bins with the council approval of Supplemental Budget 3 which includes the P120 million budget for the city's solid waste management and collection system.

"Kani pang mga taga Davao nga gusto taga atbang sa ilang balay naa'y basurahan," Duterte said. The new garbage bins which will still be up for bidding will consist of 6,084 pieces of 240-liter garbage bins, 2,240 pieces of 360-liter garbage bins and 1,260 pieces of 660-liter garbage bins.(lovely a. carillo)

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