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 wants Panay to be the country's Bamboo Capital

Seeing the potential of Panay Island to grow healthy bamboos, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu proposed the possibility of making Panay Island the as country’s Bamboo Capital.

“We will adopt the latest technology in producing lumber and timber out of bamboo stands. This can usher inclusive development in the island and provide income and livelihood not only to the marginal farmers, and promote Panay as the country’s bamboo capital,” Secretary Cimatu said during the National Convergence Iniative for Sustainable Rural Development held in Iloilo City.

Secretary Cimatu hopes to pursue bamboo plantation in the same way which the National Greening Program (NGP) is being implemented. He saw its potential of mitigating the impacts of climate change. Indeed, bamboo forests serve as carbon sink while producing oxygen as well.

Its environmental benefits include being a natural control for soil erosion, regulate water levels in watersheds, conserve biodiversity and beautify the landscape, to mention a few.

To help this materialize, DENR Region 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. had conceptualized the following activities as an initial steps in achieving this goal; conduct of regionwide validation for potential sites for Bamboo Plantation; establishment of pilot nurseries for bamboo; conduct capability building, including cross visit to expose the participants on bamboo industries existing plantations; and to identify potential sites for bamboo processing plant for engineered bamboo products.

Anent this, the region will host the 5-day 1st ASEAN Bamboo Congress for Climate Change Adaptation Towards Environmental Sustainability and Economic Resiliency to be held in Iloilo City on August 12 to 16, 2019.

The activity aims to provide a venue for an international forum for the exchange of information and updates among researchers, academe, policy makers, private and public individuals on bamboo and sustainable environmental strategies within the ASEAN region.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources –Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (DENR-ERDB) will spearhead this and will be expecting local, national and international participants.

“This Bamboo Congress is timely for the instruction of Secretary Cimatu to make the Panay Island the Bamboo Capital of the Philippines. This will help the people to further enhance and expand their knowledge on what are the benefits the bamboo will give us aside from being one of the oxygen-givers in this planet,” DENR 6 RED Milla said.

One on Secretary Cimatu’s ten point agenda is the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP) which not only focuses on the greening of the environment, but also to generate livelihood program for those involve and at the same time boosts the country’s economy by means of selling local products.

 

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