Issue of May 14, 2017
Mt. Province

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Firm offers to study ways to manage Baguio’s waste water
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

One of the suppliers of bulk water in the Greater Manila Area has proposed to conduct a feasibility study on Baguio’s septage and non-renewable water management.

The utility subsidiary of the Ayala business conglomerate Manila Water Philippine Ventures Inc., said the study will be at no cost to the city government. 

Manila Water representative Atty. Benedict Nisperos told members of the city council the proposal is part of the company’s plans of venturing at areas outside Manila and the National Capital Region. He said the study aims to draw up data on how the city could best manage non-renewable water instead of this ending up at rivers or even run-off water.

The proposal was referred to the City Environment and Parks Management Office for its comment.

Previously, a team from the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA), also submitted a pre-feasibility study on the green and integrated wastewater management for Baguio.

In the research, city department heads have been informed that Baguio would have to shell out around P3 billion spread out from 2016 to 2035 for the improvement of the city’s sewerage and drainage system.

The CDIA also suggested for the city government to cede management of the sewerage treatment plant to the Baguio Water District, which, in turn will collect tariffs from every household for the use of the STP.

CDIA financial specialist George Calderon said since the suggested project is spread out until 2035, the city government could allot funds on a staggered basis.

Aside from a loan, he said the city could also avail of grants from national government agencies. He also suggested for the city government and the BWD to enter into a memorandum of agreement detailing how both entities would divide collections from the tariff collected.

CDIA pre-feasibility study team leader James Arthur also stressed that for a city beset with problems on how to manage wastewater, officials have to decide which, among the many issues it is confronted with, will come first.

“It is a tourism city. If it is not addressed, it will impact negatively (on Baguio),” Arthur said.

With the BLISTT already a framework, he said the outlying Benguet towns should be encouraged to explore the possibility of using a centralized STP.

“For a city that has a small area, Baguio is really constrained to use the most modern technology in treating waste water,” Arthur said.

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Baguio Central University
Benguet Electric Cooperative Inc.
Cong. Mark O. Go
Cong. Ronald Cosalan
Department of Education – CAR
Department of Health – CAR
Gov. Crescencio Pacalso
Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company
Narda’s and Sunflower Ridge
National Grid Corporation of the Philippines
Pines City Colleges
Sangguniang Panlungsod
SM City Baguio
University of the Philippines Baguio

Assumption Medical and Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Water District
BSBT College, Inc.
Bureau of Internal Revenue
BVS Colleges
C &Triple A Supermart
Councilor Edgar M. Avila
Curamed Pharmacy
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Interior and Local Government – CAR
Department of Public Works and Highways – CAR
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Far East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon, Inc.
GMS Technology
John Hay Management Corporation
King’s College of the Philippines
La Funeraria Paz, Inc.
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Mother Earth Deli Basket
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – CAR
Philex Mining Corporation
Police Regional Office – CAR
STI Baguio
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