In celebration of Earth Day in Santa Rosa City, Laguna, City Mayor Arlene Arcillas-Nazareno and Medical Director Parnell Patacsil joined hands with PSA consultants Jay Tecson and Lito Santos in cutting the ribbon to inaugurate the completed sewage treatment plant (STP) for the Santa Rosa Community Hospital on April 23. The STP will serve the daily flow from the community hospital and nearby buildings, benefiting more than 1,200 people. The City Government started developing the facility with PSA in 2008 and has been operating it for the past few months. The STP is meeting DENR-set effluent standards and is a model for other facilities in Laguna. The Mayor thanked USAID and committed to allocate more funds for STPs for other facilities, including the City Hall and public market. The facility, as explained by Engr. Lito Santos during the program, uses low-cost, low-maintenance technology, namely an anaerobic baffled reactor-sequencing batch reactor with chlorine tank and pond. The Sta. Rosa medical Hospital is a tertiary public hospital that caters to the underprivileged in the city. It has recently upgraded its medical equipment, expanded its surgery facilities, and added beds to accommodate more patients. The wastewater facility was one of the major additions implemented to further improve the hospital.