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 Sec Cimatu pushes for Panay as PH Bamboo Capital

            Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu strengthens the implementation of the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP) by targeting 13,050 hectares to be planted with bamboos in Panay Island. He pushed for it to become the country’s ‘Bamboo Capital’ and this is one of his marching orders during his traditional New Year’s Call held at the Department Environment Natural Resources (DENR) Central Office in Quezon City.

          Bamboos help mitigate the effects of climate change as it can absorb 12 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per hectare each year, improving the quality of air in the country and help cool the temperature. It also has an extensive root system maintaining soil stability that intercepts rain preventing soil erosion and flashfloods that may occur during heavy rain and typhoons.

          During the New Year’s Call, Secretary Cimatu stressed the need to strictly enforce forest protection thereby increasing forest cover without losing the lives of our rangers. Illegal loggers should be punished according to the law thus, it should also be enforced, he pointed out.

          On the other hand, other programs were also given focus by Sec. Cimatu, especially on the region’s patents issuance that has now more than 4,000 hectares target on agricultural and residential patents.

          In this new decade, hopefulness and optimism springs to combat the environmental dilemmas happening in the country. The DENR also pursues its goals to implement and mandate environmental laws, programs and sustain rehabilitations by improving air quality based on the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 which mandates to control emission of hazardous, poisonous gases, and other air pollutants. The open burning must also be discouraged and make polluters pay through penalties, addressing solid waste problems through the implementation of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and programs that ensures protection of public health and environment by proper waste segregation, waste reduction and adaptation of zero-waste lifestyle, thereby also protecting the country’s water bodies from pollution and strategizing to protect water quality through Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004.

          Meanwhile, the government through the efforts of the DENR along with other national government agencies sustain the rehabilitation of Boracay and Manila Bay. Secretary Cimatu orders official and employees of the Department to conduct daily clean-up in the Manila Baywalk area and Baseco beach during the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay.

 

          “With all these plans, Secretary Cimatu is calling on each one of us to be proactive and seriously take by heart the Department’s mandate to responsibly take care of our environment and natural resources,” said Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr.

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