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


DENR 6 conducts activities for World Wetlands Day 2019


In celebration of World Wetlands Day, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 6 through its Conservation and Development Division (CDD) conducted a Bird Watching Activity in Barangay Tubigan, Zarraga, Iloilo last February 02, 2019.

The DENR CDD prepared the needed equipment including binoculars and telescopes for the students of Zarraga National High School to closely spot the birds. The students enjoyed the environment and were amazed seeing hosts of different species of migratory birds hovering and wading along the area.

Migratory birds sighted in the area were Black winged-stilt, Egrets, Heron and Moorhen.

After the Bird Watching Activity, the CDD team conducted a lecturette on climate change and the importance of wetlands. It was followed by a Poster and Slogan Making contest among students to showcase their creativity and skills. Also, an Environmental Photo exhibit was installed by the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) for the students, showcasing climate change and birds found in wetlands.

“Wetlands and Climate Chang’ is the theme of the World Wetlands Day 2019. The theme demonstrate the important of wetlands  to mitigate the impacts of climate change and have a sustainable environment. It also has a sub-theme which states: “We are not powerless against climate change. Stop Draining Wetlands.

The activities aim to teach the youth to protect and appreciate wetlands in our ecosystem as they play a critical part in our natural environment for protecting our shores, reducing of floods, absorbing pollutants, improving water quality and serving as habitat for animals.

The Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla Jr. was happy to note that the birds seen in Brgy. Tubigan signify that there are abundant food and a comfortable climate for the migratory birds. Moreover, the DENR is hoping to continuously maintain our wetlands ecosystem for its valuable contribution in fighting the effects of climate change.

Scaling-up of coastal and marine ecosystem and clean water project are anchored on the ten (10) priority programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

Photo Releases

From left: PENR Officer Edgardo M. Rostata; Mayor Alfredo Marañon, III; Vice Mayor Narciso S. Javelosa, Jr.; and CENR Officer Rally Cagayanan signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) during the turn-over of the tour guiding equipment given to Suyac Island Eco-Park Tourist Attendant Association (SIETAAS) and Molocaboc Island Reef Rangers Association (MIRRA) as beneficiaries of Sagay Marine Reserve./DENR 6–PENRO Negros Occidental.(More...)

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu taking a photo of the clustered STP designed by the Guangdong Xindayu Environmental Technology Co.during his latest ocular inspection in Boracay Island (left). DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. shows the tarpaulin which contain(More...)

DENR Secretary Roy. A Cimatu together with Regional Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. of DENR 6 conducts on-site inspection on the status of the on-going Malandog River Rehabilitation and Management project in Hamtic, Antique. / DENR(More...)

The DENR region 6 warmly welcomes the new Regional Executive Director in the person of Francisco E. Milla, Jr., formerly assigned as National Task Force - Boracay’s Ground Commander.

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