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Laguna Water District to Plan for Decentralized Approach for Septage Treatment

During a meeting on April 13, 2010, the Laguna TWG and PSA consultants discussed and agreed to revert to a decentralized approach for collecting and treating the septage of four local governments in Laguna (Los Baños, Bay, Calauan, and Victoria). Rather than building a centralized facility, a phased approach constructing two separate facilities will be proposed. One will be built in the immediate term to service Los Baños and Bay, and a smaller one will be constructed later to service Calauan and Victoria. The Los Baños-Bay facility is proposed to be built within the UP Los Baños complex while the Calauan-Victoria facility will be built near a resettlement area in Calauan to also service the new resettlement site. Design work for the two separate facilities will commence in April, while discussion on site acquisition will happen in April and May. Financing for the Los Baños-Bay facility will be discussed in May and work on the individual LGU ordinances will resume after the local elections in May 10.

The TWG also completed the promotion plan for the septage management program. Prototypes will be developed soon for validation by the LGUs and pre-testing with target audiences. Large billboards are proposed to be put up in major entry points of the four LGUs promoting the objectives of the program. Weekly recoridas are also being proposed over two months during the launch of the septage management program and construction of the first facility. Handbills will be designed to be distributed through the water bill and by barangay health workers in a house-to-house campaign.

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