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PGMA inaugurates P330-M South Septage Treatment Plant in Taguig City

Manila (26 April) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s thrust to stem the adverse effects of environmental pollution with the implementation of the Green Philippines Environmental Plan (GPEP) got a big boost with the inauguration this morning of the P330-million South Septage Treatment Plant (SpTP) in Taguig City.

The President led the ribbon-cutting and switch-on ceremony of the new septage facility, which is a major component of the P3.14-billion Manila Third Sewerage Plant being implemented by the Manila Water through a $64-million loan from the World Bank.

The facility will serve 3.3 million people or 86,000 households in Metro Manila, particularly in the cities of Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig and Taguig, and the municipalities of San Juan and Pateros.

"This (septage facility) is a component of the ‘Beautiful Cities Program’ for the Green Philippines Environmental Plan (GPEP)," the President said as she congratulated Manila Water for the speedy completion of the project.

Construction of the new septage plant was started in March 2006 and was finished ahead of the scheduled completion in July this year.

The President said the scope of the GPEP is four-fold: reforestation, preservation of reefs and waterways, scrubbing the land and air of pollutants, and energy independence.

"This project contributes to (us having) clean water," she said.

The President was assisted in the inauguration and switch-on ceremony by Environment Secretary Angelo Reyes, Manila Water President Antonio Aquino, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Administrator Lorenzo Jamora, Taguig City Mayor Sigfrido Tinga, and FTI President Bueno Castillo.

The facility has a daily capacity of 815 cubic meters and an additional sewage treatment capacity of 2,000 cubic meters per day.

The septage plant would process domestic septage collected from the households by Manila Water‘s vacuum desludging tankers as well as sewage from the locators within the Food Terminal Inc. Complex, before they would be disposed off or reused.

Studies showed that domestic wastewater accounts for 58 percent of water pollution in Metro Manila, while the remaining 42 percent is attributed to industrial establishments. (OPS) [top]

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