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

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DENR 6 ready for ICC 2019

Every 3rd Saturday of September, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) participates in the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), the world’s largest volunteer effort for ocean health, in order to get rid of trash, provide information and raise environmental awareness.

With this year’s theme: “Battle for Litter-Free Seas”, the ICC will be conducted on the 5-kilometer coastal stretch from Brgy. Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo to Calumpang, Molo, Iloilo City, which aims to clear the coastline from non-biodegradable litters.

As an expected output of ICC 2018, stakeholders had a better appreciation of the importance of dedicating efforts to have a trash free-seas, coasts, and other significant water bodies. In addition, 5-kilometer, a 16-kilometer stretch of 24 coastal barangays will be cleaned up with the coordination of the city government, covering all coastal barangays in the city. Thus, a total of 21-kilometers are up for coastal cleanup on September 21, 2019.

Furthermore, the DENR 6 chief encourages more volunteers to participate in this yearly event in saving our oceans.

This International Coastal Clean-up and other cleanup activities only show us the pressing need to properly manage our wastes and not allow it to end up polluting our coastal and marine waters. We are looking forward to a stronger participation and involvement from the stakeholders to implement the proper solid waste management at the household level,” DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. said.

“The battle for litter-free seas will never end. This will continue until we all manage our trash, until we see no more trash in our coastal areas and seas,” he added.

Last year, a total of four hundred ninety seven (497) trash bags with an estimated of 3,496.3 kilograms were collected by the 1,242 volunteers during the cleanup along the 5-kilometer coastline stretch from Arevalo District to Molo District. Among the top ten collected garbage were: 1. Food wrappers (7,047); 2. Plastic grocery bags (3,858); 3. Other plastic/foam packaging (3,733); 4. Tiny Plastic Pieces  (3,357); 5. Other Plastic Bags (3,101); 6. Straws/Stirrers (2,982); 7. Shoes/Slippers (2,723); 8. Tiny Foam pieces (2,170); 9. Cigarette Butts (2,097); and 10. Take out containers (1910).

Efforts to clean-up the oceans are in line with DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s thrust to promote clean water and strengthen compliance to the provisions outlined in the Clean Water Act.

            Other interested parties who wished to join this international event as volunteers could visit DENR Western Visayas facebook page, and leave a message or may opt to call DENR 6-CDD Tel. no. 5034687 or 09465647013.

 

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