Prime Infra’s waste unit inaugurates large-scale,automated materials recovery facility in Pampanga

Committed to industrialize the waste management system in the country, Prime Infra and its
wholly owned subsidiary, Prime Integrated Waste Solutions (PWS), on Wednesday (June 5)
inaugurated its large-scale, automated materials recovery facility (MRF) in Porac, Pampanga.

Prime Infra Director Steve Paradies and Market Sector Lead for Waste Cara Peralta, Brgy. Planas Captain Alfer Nacu, Prime Infra President and CEO Guillaume Lucci, Porac Mayor Jaime “Jing” Capil, DENR Secretary Toni Yulo-Loyzaga, Pampanga Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda, and Prime Infra Director Martin O’Neil lead the unveiling of the plaque during the inauguration of Prime Waste Solutions’ Materials Recovery Facility in Porac, Pampanga on June 5, 2024. PHOTO BY ERICK SILVERIO

Leading the event were Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary
Maria Antonia “Toni” Yulo-Loyzaga, Pampanga Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda, Porac Mayor
Jaime “Jing” Capil, and Prime Infra President and CEO Guillaume Lucci and Waste Sector
Lead Cara Peralta.

In her message, Secretary Loyzaga lauded the PWS’ utilization of state-of-the-art equipment
for waste segregation and storage.

“It is truly inspiring to witness how Prime Infra companies as well as the government—national
and local—have come together to build a healthier, safer, and cleaner environment for all of
us,” she said.

“As you know, the Philippines generates about 61,000 metric tons of waste daily…with 33
percent ending up in landfills, while 35 percent is leaked into the open environment. I would
like to say that the company’s utilization of this state-of-the-art equipment transforms the
strategy for resource recovery and also links it to our fuel transition,” Loyzaga said.

“We in the DENR is here to applaud the investment of Prime Integrated Waste Solutions Inc.
and the local government for taking this big step together. We look forward to seeing more
such facilities in the future, and we’re here to support each and every LGU in their journey
towards a climate-resilient and environmentally safe future,” she added.

Lucci said Prime Infra aims to industrialize the waste business in the Philippines at high scale
through PWS.

Porac Mayor Jamie “Jing” Capil; National Solid Waste Management Commission Commissioner and Vice Chairman Crispian Lao; DENR Undersecretary Juan Miguel “Mitch” Cuna; Prime Infra Waste Sector Lead Cara Peralta; Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda; DENR Secretary Antonia “Toni” Yulo-Loyzaga; Prime Infra President and CEO Guillaume Lucci; BCDA Chairman Delfin Lorenzana; CIAC President and CEO Arrey Perez; Planas Brgy. Captain Alfer Nacu; Prime Infra Director Steve Paradies; Chief Financial Officer Sandy Alipio and Chief Administrative Officer Minerva Matibag at the inauguration of Prime Integrated Waste Solutions’ Materials Recovery Facility in Porac, Pampanga on June 5, 2024. Photo by: ERICK SILVERIO

“This expansion in Luzon, starting in Pampanga—and we want to thank again the host
province and host municipalities for this—really demonstrates our commitment to industrialize
this market which is the natural next step for waste management in the country,” Lucci said.

The Pampanga MRF is the first greenfield development of PWS, and the company’s second
operational facility next to Cebu City.

PWS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Prime Infra, was established in response to the increasing
demand for proper waste management and resource recovery solutions in industrialized and
fast-growing cities in the Philippines. It’s business model is based on Prime Infra’s overall
objective of converting recovered resources into sustainable fuels.

“Our current waste management process is really built around resource recovery. We plan to
invest in a waste-to-fuel facility here that will convert the waste into fuel for ships, airplanes,
trucks, and so on and so forth. This is an integral part of Prime Infra’s sustainability initiatives,”
Lucci said.

Cara Peralta, Prime Infra Market Sector Lead for Waste, for her part said the Pampanga facility
offers a “new age of waste disposal.”

PWS uses state-of-the-art equipment procured from Europe and Asia such as vibrating sieves,
baler systems, magnetic separators, as well as air density separator to maximize resource

The Pampanga facility can accommodate up to 5,000 tons per day of municipal solid waste.

“We commit to recover and recycle up to 80-90% of total waste received. We look forward to
serving you and becoming partners in this journey, and to meet Prime Infra’s original objective
of turning waste into sustainable fuels. Together, we can provide the right waste solutions for
the Philippines and beyond,” said Peralta.

Meanwhile, Governor Pineda emphasized how proud he is for Pampanga to have such a
facility that will be of help in the provincial government’s solid waste management program.

“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa PWS management, in partnership sa provincial government.
Bagay ito para sa solid waste management program namin. Ngayon po na first time po na
may ganito, at least nakita ko po na state-of-the-art [equipment] po talaga. So hindi po kami
ngayon nagwo-worry or natatakot na ipagmalaki ang project na ito kasi hindi ito kamukha ng
ibang landfill o open site. The company and the DENR assured us na magiging state-of-theart ito. So mga Kapampangan, wala po tayong dapat katakutan dahil when we introduced ito
sa mga Pampanga mayors, pwede po naming maipagmalaki ito,” Pineda said.

Tarlac Governor Susan Yap echoed the sentiment of Pineda, saying she was pleased at
seeing the MRF equipment onsite.

“Ang maganda ay ‘yung system. I thought that it was going to be a landfill system also, but
apparently, not. So that’s why I said, natuwa ako,” Yap said.

Porac Mayor Capil expressed thanks for choosing the municipality of Porac as the location of
PWS’ facility.

“We are honored to have you here in our town. Based on what I saw, this is our best solution
to the growing waste problem in our country. To the Razon Group of Companies, we are
looking forward to more collaborations in the near future, for a cleaner and greener
community,” he said.

Prime Infra Directors Martin O’ Neil and Steve Paradies, Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin
II, Sta. Rita Mayor Arthur Salalila, Sasmuan Mayor Catalina Cabrera-Bagasina, Guagua
Mayor Anthony Joseph Torres, Barangay Planas Captain Alfer Nacu, National Solid Waste
Management Commission Commissioner and Vice Chairman Crispian Lao, Bases
Conversion and Development Authority Chairman MGen. Delfin Lorenzana (Ret.), Clark
International Airport Corporation President and CEO Arrey Perez, Subic Bay Metropolitan
Authority Chairman Eduardo Aliño also graced the facility inauguration.