$800K Septage Treatment Facility launched in San Fernando City

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Mar 29 (PIA) -- After the project groundbreaking in July 16, 2010 by U.S. Ambassador Harry Thomas, the San Fernando City Septage Treatment Facility (STF) located in Barangay Dallangayan Oeste was finally launched on March 26 which aims to improve water sanitation in the city and ensure a healthy and environment for all.

The Facility is a collaborative project of the city government of San Fernando with the USAID – Philippine Sanitation Alliance (USAID-PSA), the Rotary International, the Rotary Club of San Fernando La Union Chapter, and Congressman Victor F. Ortega, in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environment and Management Bureau and the Department of Health.

“This is a project we longed to realize to avoid water contamination in the household, thus improving the water sanitation in the city by requiring every household and business establishments to dislodge their respective septic tanks every five years pursuant to the Environmental Code of the Philippines,” city mayor Pablo C. Ortega said during the launching.

Gloria Steele, Mission Director of USAID, said,“The USAID is looking forward to work more with the city government on projects related to health, environment, disaster mitigation, and others.”

This is now a challenge for the city government to maintain the STF. “There is nothing we cannot do if we put our hearts and efforts together,” Cong. Victor F. Ortega of the first district of La Union said who donated P2 million for the project.

The city government budgeted around P25 million for the purchase of the 1.2 hectares lot for the project, concreting of the access road, fencing, and the construction of deep wells and administration building.

The Facility primarily aims to develop a comprehensive septage collection, treatment, and re-use program for the city and surrounding area. Secondarily, it aims to model a septage management for other communities that will further improve environmental health throughout the country. (JCR-PIA 1, La Union)