Malaybalay City – On March 29, 2019 during the 1st quarter Board Meeting of the Tagoloan River Basin Water Quality Management Area (TRB WQMA) held at Loiza’s Pavilion, City of Malaybalay, the technical consultants from CEST, Inc. presented the final draft of Feasibility Study (FS) for the construction and operation of septage projects for LGU – Malaybalay City and Manolo Fortich.
The presentation was conducted by CEST Consultants namely, Engr.Lorenzo Valenton, Chino Eduardo Castañeda, Rodolfo Pantillano and Engr. Benedicto Evangelista, Project Manager of CEST Consultants. The consultants presented the technical and financial features, economic justification, environmental and social impacts of the FS including the ideal septage treatment design for both LGUs. For Malaybalay City, a fully mechanized Septage Treatment Plant with a capacity of 50 m3/day was recommended taking into consideration the estimated and projected increase in septage volume requirement, identified location, treatment process and most importantly, the health, social-environmental concerns and impact to the people of the city of Malaybalay.
During the presentation, payment of environmental fees was also presented. The environmental fees include regular desludging of septic tanks, treatment of septage and proper disposal of wastes which will be collected from the customers of Malaybalay City Water District and even households/establishments that are not connected with MCWD considering that implementation of the septage ordinance is all-encompassing. For Malaybalay City, the total environmental fee to be paid by customers or households consuming 10 cu.m or less, amounts to PhP 26.12/month or a total of PhP 1,567.20 for five years and for those consuming 20 cu.m, the additional charge will be PhP 55.51/month or a total of PhP 3,300.00 for five years.
The operation of the Septage Facility is expected to be implemented by year 2020, in line with deadline set to all Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs) in the country by the National Sewerage and Septage Management Program (NSSMP) implemented by Department of Public Works and Highways.
With all the data presented, MCWD and LGU Malaybalay, jointly undertaking this project, are hopeful of the successful implementation and operation of the septage facility in the City of Malaybalay in compliance to RA 9275 or Clean Water Act of 2004.
The final draft of the FS is the product of the in-depth field study and assessment conducted by CEST in coordination with the concerned LGU’s and different national and local agencies, stakeholders and other concerned organizations such as DILG, DPWH, DOH, NEDA, MENRO – Manolo, CENRO – Malaybalay City, Bukidnon State University, Manolo Fortich Water District, Malaybalay City Water District, TRB WQMA members representing the municipalities of the Province of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental and others.