ZCWD, city sign MOA for sewage treatment facility PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:13

The Zamboanga City Water District on Monday signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the city government for the establishment of the city’s Sewage Treatment Facility.

Under the MOA, the city government allows the use of a 1,800 square meter-lot that is currently occupied by the Material Recovery Facility at Magay in Barangay Zone IV, near the Philippine Ports Authority and main public market.

Section 7.4 of the Implementing Rules and Regulation of the Philippine Clean Water Act or R.A. No. 9275 as also contained in DENR Department Administrative Order 2005-10 mandates that “each LGU through the enactment of an ordinance, shall appropriate the necessary land including the required rights-of-way/road access to the land for the construction of the sewerage and/or septage treatment facilities in accordance with the Local Government Code”.

Further in Section 8 of the IRR provides that “within five (5) years from the effectivity of the Act, the agency vested to provide water supply and sewerage facilities and/or concessionaires in Metro Manila and other highly urbanized cities (HUC) as defined in R.A. 7160, in coordination with LGUs, shall be required to connect the existing sewage line 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”.

This initiative was started by the ZCWD in 2009 with technical assistance from the Philippine Water Revolving Fund of the USAID, which submitted the to city government, not just demonstrates compliance to the Philippine Clean Water Act, but is a manifestation  of concern of both parties to the general welfare of all the city’s populace. It is another collaborative effort towards protecting the environment.

ZCWD General Manager Leonardo Rey D. Vasquez and Mayor Maria Isabelle G. Climaco signed the MOA.    Witnesses were ZCWD Board of Directors led by Chairperson Nelida Atilano, other ZCWD Officials and Atty. Ferdinand Eduard B. Fronda and Elmeir Apolinario of the city government.

With the signing of the MOA, ZCWD can now accelerate its preparation of the Terms of Reference for the design, build and transfer of the facility through public bidding, which is expected to take place towards the end of the year. Once completed, the STP will primarily cater to the sanitation needs of the city’s existing sewerage areas.