DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 10 (PNA) – Officials from Sta. Rosa in Laguna province, Cebu City, Lapu-lapu City and the municipality of Cordova, all in Cebu province, are scheduled this month for a familiarization tour to the septage waste treatment facilities in Dumaguete City and Bayawan City in Negros Oriental.
The tour is in aid of legislation for these local governments who are being urged to adopt and implement sewerage and septage management programs under the Clean Water Act of 2004, to protect water resources, public health and the economy, said Lisa Kircher Lumbao, chief of party of the Philippine Sanitation Alliance.
The Philippine Sanitation Alliance is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-assisted four-year program that brings together cities and private sector partners to develop affordable solutions to sanitation challenges, said Lumbao in her letter to Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria and Bayawan Mayor Rene Gaudiel.
The two-day exchange visit, on February 10 and 11 for the Cebu officials, and on February 24 and 25 for the Laguna officials, will take them to the septage waste treatment facilities of Bayawan and Dumaguete.
These projects were implemented through local government funding with technical assistance from the USAID-PSA.
USAID-PSA consultant Andrea Trinidad Echavez said Bayawan and Dumaguete were chosen for the site visits for having the “best practices” in the establishment of their respective sewage waste treatment facilities.
The USAID-PSA offers technical assistance on crafting an ordinance and facility designs for septage treatment facilities based on the needs and the prevailing conditions of a particular LGU. (PNA)
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