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Centralized national sewerage system creation sought

Manila (30 November) -- A lawmaker proposed the construction of sewerage systems and wastewater and septage treatment facilities nationwide in a bid to conserve and protect the water resources of the country.

Rep. Carmelo Lazatin (1st District, Pampanga) has filed House Bill 1296 establishing a centralized sewerage system and a wastewater and septage treatment facility in every city and municipalities within five (5) years upon the enactment of the proposed act.

To be known as the "Sewerage Systems and Wastewater and Septage Treatment Facility Act of 2010," the bill mandates local government units (LGUs) to assist component cities and municipalities in the formulation of their respective water conservation and wastewater management programs.

Lazatin said the LGUs is also mandated to extend technical and material support to their component cities and municipalities in connecting their existing sewerage lines and in the construction of new sewerage lines.

Lazatin said the bill will compliment the goals set forth by the Republic Act 9275 or the Clean Water Act of 2004.

"The passage of RA 9275 is a legislative milestone in recognizing the importance of our water resources in lieu of our quest for sustainable national development. It defined the parameters and mechanisms on how our society should deal with the years of neglect, apathy and programs failures on the issue of waster as an important economic resource," Lazatin said.

Lazatin said the necessity of a programmed sewerage system and facilities like wastewater and septage treatment facilities, delineation of responsibilities between and among local government units, local water district offices and other concerned government agencies and the formation of public-private partnerships for program sustainability are equally important.

"It is the declared policy of the State to safeguard public health and to promote the protection of the environment through sustainable utilization of natural resources such as but not limited to water resource in such manner that the protection of public health and of the environment will further contribute to hasten economic development," Lazatin said.

Under the measure, all local water district offices and/or private waterworks utilities, in coordination with LGUs, are required to connect all existing sewerage lines found in subdivisions, condominiums, commercial centers, hotels, sports and recreational facilities, hospitals, market places, public buildings, industrial complex and other similar establishments including households to available sewerage system upon the effectivity of this Act.

Likewise, it mandates the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in the conduct of feasibility studies, environmental impact assessment studies and all other necessary planning preparations prior to the construction of the sewerage system and wastewater and septage treatment facility.

Furthermore, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), in coordination with the concerned local government unit and local water district office, shall prepare a program for the evaluation, verification, development and public dissemination of water pollution prevention and cleaner production technologies. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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