by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao
The implementing rules and regulation (IRR) of the septic management system is now under review by the United States Assistance for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Sanitation Alliance (PSA), an initiative that will address the perennial flooding problem in the city.
USAID and PSA representatives are presently in the city to review the implementing rules and regulation of ordinance 2009-152 which seeks to establish a septic management system, in compliance with the national law on water waste management, approved on July 8 of last year.
Ms. Lisa Kircher Lumbao, USAID Chief of Party-PSA, and PSA Communication head Ms. Ma. Andrea Echavez met with the City Septage Management Committee headed by Mayor Celso Lobregat at Western Mindanao State University (WMSU).
Zamboanga City is a recipient of a technical assistance from PSA for the development of waste water and septage management program under the City Development Strategy program of USAID.
The City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR), in consultation with various stakeholders, came up with a septage management program for implementation among households that led to the approval of Ordinance no. 152.
Mayor Lobregat said the next step is the bidding for service providers, and the company that will dislodge the septic tanks. He added that the ordinance shall take effect after the operation of a water treatment facility and the finalizing of the contract with the service providers.
Under the ordinance, concessionaires of Zamboanga City Water District will pay P1.75 per cubic meter as dislodging fee that will be utilized for the service providers.
The mayor stressed the importance of a clean environment in pursuing progress and development. (PIA9-ZC)
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