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89 barangay captains tour
waste treatment facility
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Eighty-nine barangay captains of Cabanatuan City in Nueva Vizcaya were in Dumaguete City Wednesday for a study tour on its septage waste treatment facility.

The officials were briefed on the P26 million joint project of the Dumaguete City government and the Dumaguete City Water District by City Administrator William Ablong. They also visited the facility in Barangay Camanjac.

The project has attracted visitors from other local government units in the Philippines after it won the Galing Pook Award for best practice, Ablong said.

He said the Cabanatuan officials hope they can convince their mayor to embark on a similar project, especially since LGUs are mandated to establish their septage waste treatment facility pursuant to Republic Act 9275, or the Clean Water Act of 2004.

The Dumaguete project became fully operational in 2010 with the United States Agency for International Development providing technical assistance through the Local Initiatives for Wastewater Treatment.

Dumaguete, Naga, Iloilo and Muntinlupa are the four pilot areas for the LINAW project in the Philippines.

It is the first LGU-financed septage management system in the Philippines in partnership with the local water district on a 50-50 counterpart sharing scheme, Ablong said.

The facility was established to minimize the impact of water pollution in the community.*JFP

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