Malaybalay City, the capital and the first city in the province of Bukidnon, is located in Northern Mindanao. The City is in a landlocked area, the nearest sea and air ports being in Cagayan de Oro City, which is 91 kilometers away. Maylaybalay City was one of the 6 cities participating in the Local Initiatives for Affordable Wastewater Treatment (LINAW) Project from October 2005 to September 2007. A consultation and planning workshop was held on March 29, 2006 and resulted in the development of an action plan and formation of a technical working group. The technical working group developed an information campaign plan and several information materials, including a radio plug, poster and an ad that was placed as wallpaper on computers in the city’s Internet cafes.
Malaybalay City Bids Out Contract for Market Treatment Plant
Malaybalay City conducted a bidding of civil works for the proposed Sewage Treatment Plant for the Malaybalay Public Market on September 26. Only two companies participated in the bidding: Mafil Enterprise and Ramolo Company. Both contractors complied with the legal and technical requirements and they are responsible local contractors with on-going projects in the city. The City Government estimates the cost to be P1,629,000.
The LINAW Technical Working Group developed the initial engineering designs and cost estimates for wastewater treatment facilities at the slaughterhouse and the new integrated public market and transport terminal, which is currently under construction (including improvements to the plumbing). The two proposed projects will utilize a hybrid treatment system. The wastewater treatment system for the market will cost P5.4 million while the one for the slaughterhouse is P6 million. The proposed treatment project in the market will be done through a change order with the current contractor and money will be sourced from the excess proceeds from the bond float for the market which they will convert to a regular loan through Land Bank of the Philippines. The fund for the slaughterhouse will either be sourced from the same bond float fund or with money from local revenues. Nene Narvaez, the LINAW finance specialist, assisted the city in developing the user fees, cost-recovery and loan packaging.
LINAW Engineer Lito Santos inspected the public market and the proposed site of the treatment plant, which he determined meets the design requirement. He noted that construction of the public market is not yet finished because they are still resolving payment issues with the contractor. The proposals will be further evaluated and the City will make a selection.
Mission Visits LINAW Project in Malaybalay City
The USAID-DENR-DILG SO4 2006 Field Visit and Annual Review was conducted in Mindanao from July 11-13, 2006. A team of reviewers visited Malaybalay City on July 11 to meet with the LGU. LINAW-Malaybalay City Team Leader Allan Ronolo gave a presentation on the current activities and plans, and answered questions from the team. The mayor signed the LINAW project MOU during a simple ceremony at the end of the discussion (the city council authorized the mayor to sign through a resolution). The team then visited the proposed public market site and the slaughterhouse where treatment facilities will be built. During the Annual Review on July 13 in Davao, the reviewers reported that the Malaybalay government seemed to have full ownership of the LINAW project and that the project is on track to achieve its objectives. LINAW Team Leader Lisa Lumbao gave a presentation on the project’s accomplishments and plans during the review meeting in Davao and answered questions. A suggestion was made for the cities to have an integrated water resources management plan, not just wastewater. While this is an excellent suggestion, the limited time and resources of the project make that quite difficult to accomplish in six cities.
Septage Management Workshop Conducted in Malaybalay City
The Malaybalay City LINAW Technical Working Group (TWG) organized a Workshop on Developing a Septage Management Program on January 11 and 12, 2007. The workshop included a basic orientation on the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 which establishes the legal mandate for all local governments to establish a septage management program in the absence of a sewerage system. The participants, which included representatives from engineering firms, academe, national government, and NGOs, discussed technology options for septage treatment, financing the septage management program and developing an integrated municipal septage management ordinance. Participants were engaged in conceptualizing the program for the city and for computing the proposed wastewater tariff for the city. Malaybalay Mayor Florencio Flores underscored the importance of complying with the law and setting an example for other LGUs, particularly those in Mindanao. In addition to the proposed septage management program, Malaybalay City intends to build an onsite wastewater treatment facility for its new public market and bus terminal and for its existing slaughterhouse this year. LINAW is assisting the city in developing viable technology options for the design of the systems and in building capacity within the city staff.
Earth Day Celebration
The City Government of Malaybalay and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Bukidnon, jointly spearheaded an Earth Day Celebration with the theme “Stewardship-in Action” on April 20, 2007. Participating groups witnessed the early morning event which was the unveiling of the giant solid waste management billboard. This was followed by a motorcade of 42 motorcycles and 67 vehicles around the city featuring the clean water campaign which included Captain Wa-wa (wastewater) and the float depicting the right and wrong septic tank and how it affects the groundwater.
The program and awarding ceremonies was held at Kaamulan Open Theatre. The clean water award was given to GAMA farm, clean air award was given to Asian Hybrid and the Sustainable Resource Extraction went to Bukidnon Forest Incorporated. The wastewater video of Naga City and the Inconvenient Truth film by Al Gore were presented to the audience.
An Earth Day Luncheon was followed by a mini teach-in on birding, tour to the dumpsite and actual bird watching near the Malaybalay City Water System Complex. A guided reflection and youth covenant signing ceremony by the children of Malaybalay capped the Earth Day celebration.
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