Water impounding facility soon to rise

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014


THE problem of perennial flooding at the City Camp Lagoon may soon end, assured the City Camp Lagoon Task Force if plans for the proposed water impounding facility or a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) will push through.

“Recommendations for the lagoon to be converted into a Centralized STP or a water reservoir that would service adjoining barangays is more feasible since the area is prone to flooding,” said Mayor Mauricio Domogan, task force chair.

The proposal for a water impounding facility was also recommended by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson in 2010 when he personally visited the area.

“The task force will evaluate if the proposed centralized STP or the water impounding facility can benefit all adjoining barangays,” the mayor added.

The City Camp Lagoon was earlier eyed as a centralized bus terminal and a satellite market.

However, the mayor said the proposed bus terminal is no longer feasible, citing the area is already congested.

“We have relocated residents in the area before for their own safety but eventually some returned and the population there has doubled,” he said.

The area is within Presidential Proclamation 232, which reserves certain portions as relocation site for residents.

The City Government has also declared an area of 35,452 square meters in the lagoon for public purposes where a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) building, basketball court and satellite market were constructed pursuant to City Ordinance 27 series of 1990.

“The option for an STP or water reservoir will still have to be studied carefully but we are very positive that this could be the best proposal to solve the flooding problem there,” Domogan said.

Meantime, clearances for lot applicants in the City Camp Lagoon area will be suspended.

“The City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) and the DENR will no longer issue clearances to said applicants,” Domogan said. (Paul Rillorta)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 29, 2014.

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