Clustered STP design for the island of Boracay proposed




23 Jan 2019 Clustered STP

A clustered Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) that can cater to the needs of hundreds of people in Boracay Island regarding their untreated wastewater is being proposed by Aklan Governor Florencio T. Miraflores to the chair of Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) and concurrent DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

In his recent visit to the island, Secretary Cimatu made an ocular inspection of the area where the said STP is located at Brgy. Balabag, Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan.

It was during the discovery of illegal pipes spewing out untreated wastewater to the beach area sometime in May 2018 that Secretary Roy A. Cimatu recommended a clustered STP for small hotels/resorts and households. Bigger hotels with fifty rooms and above, on the other hand, should construct their own STPs.

This is in line with the implementation of the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 or Republic Act 9275, which prohibits the dumping of untreated wastewater directly into the sea thereby putting a stop to water pollution of Boracay beach.

Guangdong Xindayu Environmental Technology Co., the project proponent, showed Secretary Cimatu the process of how the STP works. Built in a five-cubic meter size, the STP can serve ten households of ten persons each household which would total to a hundred people. Nevertheless, the STP shall be subjected for water quality testing by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

      Guangdong Xindayu Environmental Technology Co., Ltd. is engaged in the engineering design, construction, and operation of environmental protection facilities. The company was formerly known as Guangdong Xindayu Environmental Engineering Co., Ltd. and changed its name to Guangdong Xindayu Environmental Technology Co., Ltd. in June 2015. The company was founded in 1997 and is based in Guangzhou, China.

With this STP design, the local government unit hopes to address the need for many households and small hotels in Boracay Island in treating wastewater before disposal./DENR 6


International Day of Forests

In celebration of the International Day of Forests on March 21, 2019, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 6 through its Conservation and Development Division (CDD) and in collaboration with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), has conducted a Forum on Forests and Forest Fires at Brgy. Cag-an, Anilao, Iloilo.


In her message, CDD Asst. Chief Emelyn Peñaranda highlighted the importance of tree planting in our forests which serve as our life support system. With the theme: Forests and Education, the CDD with BFP spearheaded the forum to educate the community in Anilao on the role that forests play in our everyday lives and its importance as discussed by DMO I Rod Reynan G. Laspiñas of DENR 6 and the need to prevent and control forest fires which was tackled by FO3 Reggie R. Juanola of the BFP./DENR 6


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