During the first Dumaguete City Septage Management Authority (CSMA) meeting held March 9, major operational and financial policy issues that will govern the soon-to-be launched septage management program of Dumaguete City were approved by the body. The CSMA is co-chaired by City Mayor Agustin Perdices and DCWD General Manager Espirato Dicen. The policy issues resolved by the body included procurement of additional desludging trucks, accommodation of requests from other LGUs and existing service providers to use the septage treatment facility, assistance to households with substandard septic tanks or no septic tank, residuals management, bookkeeping of the trust fund, incentive fund for the host barangay, and pricing and strategy for non-DCWD customers and emergency desludging. The next CSMA meeting is scheduled on April 13.
In a workshop facilitated by PSA Senior Project Coordinator Jay Tecson on March 10, the expanded TWG met to finalize procedures and rules for the operations and maintenance manual for the septage management program. There will be three volumes representing plant operations (Volume 1), desludging operations (Volume 2), and financial management (Volume 3). The final document will be launched during the inauguration of the septage treatment facility on April 22.
On March 11, approximately 25 city residents and other stakeholders discussed the septage management program during the “Kolokabildo”—a bi-monthly program of the Public Information Office to discuss topics that concern the citizenry in a cordial environment. City Administrator William Ablong presented the legal basis for the program, while Leo Namicpic of the promotion team discussed the project’s benefits to the residents. Some members of the TWG and promotions team, GM Dicen of DCWD and PSA consultant Nene Narvaez alternately answered the questions and concerns of the participants. At the end of the forum the participants were convinced of the safety and advantages of the program.