ZCWD holds Public Scoping for proposed STP project PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 September 2014 14:03

In compliance with the requirements of Presidential Decree 1586, the Zamboanga City Water District conducted a Public Consultation cum Technical Scoping for its proposed 4,000 cubic meter capacity Sewerage Treatment Plant on September 23, 2014 at the Barangay Hall of Zone I, this city.

This was attended by various stakeholders namely:Punong Barangayof Zone I Hussin Nash Sangkula,Environmental Management Bureau IX OIC Regional Director Jacqueline Caancan, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Reynaldo Gonzales, EIA Review Committee led by its Chair retired Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) IX Regional Director Alan De Gala with members Engr. Joel P. Handugan and Engr. Lizamyl Laping, and representatives from the Philippine Ports Authority, Pilar College, City General Services Office, Barangay Zone III and the Society of Environmental Engineers of the Philippines (SEEP). Other invited stakeholders who may also be directly or indirectly affected by the project, like the neighboring Archbishop’s Palace, the Old Public Market Vendors Association, Barangays Zone II and IV, as well as the Carmelite Monastery and Brent Hospital, were not able to attend the assembly.

Under the Revised Procedural Manual for DENR Administrative Order (DAO) 2003-30 for the implementation of PD 1586, the objective of the activity was to identify the most significant issues/impacts of a proposed project, and then, delimit the extent of baseline information only to those necessary in evaluating and mitigating the project impacts. It is done with the local community,Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Review Committee and the DENR-EMB Regional Office. This activity is a pre-requisite to the issuance of an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC).

The proposal of ZCWD to construct a sewerage treatment plant pursuant to the provisions of the Clean Air Act started during the term of Celso L. Lobregat asmayor of this city.

As stipulated under the Clean Air Act, the LGU shall appropriate the necessary land, including the required rights-of-way/road access to the land for the construction of the sewage and/or septage treatment facilities.

Hence, in a meeting with now Congressman Lobregat in August 2010, the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) compound along Governor Lim Avenue (Magay) was identified as the site for the proposed STP.

On April 22, 2014, ZCWD and the City Government of Zamboanga, represented by the Mayor Maria Isabelle G. Climaco, signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the use of the pre-identified site in Magay for the construction of the STP Project.

For its part, ZCWD committed to abide by the conditions set forth in the MOAthat during the construction and operation of the STP, the Materials Recovery Facility will continue to operate at its regular rate. Furthermore, the STP’s tanks must not be constructed on the surface in order not to displace the digesters and other composting equipment; thereby no significant disturbances may be incurred to its operation.

Engr. Efren C. Salvacion, OIC of the Engineering Department,presentedthe overview and proposed mechanisms of the project.Together with the team was Engr. Anne Aubrey DG.Bugtong-Researcher Analyst A, who also responded to questions and issues raised by the participants. The ZCWD Team was led by Engr. Arnulfo A. Alfonso, Assistant General Manager for Technical Services and Board Member Edwin N. Makasiar. (Montee E. Domingo- SPRO, ZCWD)