PSA is working with the city government of Cagayan de Oro to develop an effective septage management program for the city. A stakeholders’ consultation and action planning workshop was held on May 20, 2008. More than 90 people attended the workshop, which provided an orientation on sanitation to key stakeholders, who then identified priority projects and programs for the city. These included a city-wide septage management program, a public information and promotion campaign, an interceptor system and treatment plant along the river. An interceptor system is an extended combined sewer system that collects dry-weather flow from outfalls leading to a water body and treats it in a terminal treatment facility with an overflow mechanism. At the end of the workshop, City Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya thanked USAID for its support and pledged to renew efforts from his committee to deliberate and approve a draft city ordinance regulating septage management in the city.
A day prior to the workshop, PSA Project Manager Lisa Lumbao presented to the City Council the USAID PSA project and the current state of water pollution in the country. The Council expressed its support for the project and pledged to increase enforcement of existing laws on water pollution, including requirements for new subdivisions.
A day after the workshop, the PSA Technical Working Group (TWG) in Cagayan de Oro had its first meeting. The TWG was formed by the Mayor through an Executive Order to assist in the implementation of PSA activities in the city. In the TWG meeting, members outlined the short and medium term projects and programs that were recommended during the stakeholders’ workshop. The TWG will fine-tune the outputs and submit them as a finalized action plan for the approval of the local chief executive.
In August of 2009, a septage management workshop was held at the CDO Dynasty Hotel. PSA consultants presented in more detail the technology options for septage treatment, and the need for an effective promotion campaign and enabling environment (LGU ordinance requiring compliance with the desludging program). In order to involve a broad segment of the community in the sanitation effort, other stakeholders like the CDO water district, private water service provider Rio Verde, and representatives from the business sector and civil society were invited to the workshop.
Work in CDO to date includes the development of a septage management ordinance that is currently undergoing review, as well as a Terms of Reference for private contractors to provide septage collection and treatment services. The TWG is also developing a promotion campaign on septage management.
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