Posted by Administrator /  11.04.2011
By: Joan Diaz, Governor’s Press Corps-Bauang, La Union

Bauang, La Union – In a study, an average person consumes 100-120 liters per day. And 75-90% of this consumed water translates into domestic wastewater. In the national picture, domestic wastewater gets a share of 48% while agricultural wastewater come second accounting to 37% and industrial waste water with only 15%. This amount of wastewater most commonly pollutes our water system.

Septage Management, Centralized Treatment Facilities and Decentralized Wastewater Treatment System (DEWATS) are some of the environmental options for such domestic wastewaters.

The Local Government of Bauang, in its sustained campaign for environmental protection, tied up with the Center for Advanced Philippine Studies (CAPS) and the Basic Needs Services Phils. (BNS)- BORDA for a DEWATS-Community-Based Sanitation Project. This is to support Gov. Manuel C. Ortega’s “Sanitasyon Para Kadatayo Amin” project which LGU-Bauang, CAPS, BORDA and PGLu’s executives earlier committed to sustain thu a MOA.

The treatment facility shall benefit 25 families in a 16-household- compound will benefit with.

CAPS, on the other hand, is engaged in environmental projects in integrated sustainable waste management and sanitation and a partner of the LGU-Bauang for the Eco-San Toilets distributed in several barangays of Bauang.

The project was inaugurated last March 23 at Sitio kamarunggayan in Central West, Bauang witnessed by Mayor Martin de Guzman, Vice Mayor Angelo Aquino, Sangguniang Bayan Members, CAPS Executive Director Danilo Lapid, BNS-Phils Executive Director Jonas Maronilla, OIC-Provincial Health Officer Dr. Hector T. Beñas, Asst. Provincial Agriculturist Alberto Lacsamana, among others.

The resident-beneficiaries collectively calling themselves the Baladad DEWATS Organization is in high spirits and vowed to maintain the facility. The Central West Barangay Council headed by Punong Barangay Erlinda Villanueva is in full support with the project.

Mayor De Duzman in his message reiterated the importance of health and sanitation as vital investments in life. He has continuously promoted health and environmental projects and initiatives for Bauang and livelihood for the people.

In the same venue, a memorandum of agreement for a DEWATS for other areas in the municipality was signed. Construction for the DEWATS of the Bauang Slaughterhouse is ongoing. This will likewise treat the wastewater produced from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) based in Bauang which is located beside the Triple A Slaughterhouse.

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