Council asks City Hall: Fix sewage treatment plant damaged in 2007-A A +A
Monday, September 23, 2013
THE Cebu City Council is asking City Hall’s executive department to repair the more than 30-year-old sewage treatment plant (STP) in the North Reclamation Area.
The council passed Councilor Nida Cabrera’s resolution asking Mayor Michael Rama to set aside funds in the 2014 budget for the repair of the facility.
In her one-page resolution, Cabrera invoked Section 20 of Republic Act (RA) 9275, otherwise known as the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004, which mandates local governments to share the responsibility of the management and improvement of water quality within their jurisdictions.
Cabrera, chairperson of the council’s committee on environment, said she has received several reports that the slaughterhouse in the NRA has been throwing waste into the Mahiga Creek.
Private septic tank haulers, she added, are also disposing of their wastes in other waterways in the city.
Cabrera lamented that the City’s STP is deteriorating and can no longer sufficiently treat waste water properly, so, it should be repaired.
It was in 1980 when the STP was built in the reclamation area. The facility, however, was damaged in 2007.
That year, Department of Public Services (DPS) chief Engr. Dionisio Gualiza had said the City set aside P3 million for the repair of the facility, but the treatment plant has not improved.
The deterioration of the STP, Gualiza said, is also caused by the absence of a manual on how to effectively manage and run the facility.
In 2012, Gualiza said, the DPS had proposed a P20-million budget for the repair of the STP but it was not approved by the council.
Of the P321.7-million budget proposed by DPS last year, the council approved only a P199.7-million appropriation for the department.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 23, 2013.