Orendain clarifies restroom issue PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 February 2015 14:34

City Hall yesterday clarified issues concerning the construction of a public restroom at the R.T. Lim Boulevard.

“When we included the restroom in the plan, we made sure that the excess water will be safe for disposal.” Orendain said. He went on saying that a special mechanism was adopted to ensure that once the water in the restroom is disposed, the water will not pollute the sea water.

Orendain explained that the city government through the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) has adopted the Anaerobic Baffled Reactor (ABR), a wastewater treatment facility. “ABR is like a septic tank but this one has several chambers which works like a waste water treatment plant.” Meaning, the waste waters of the restroom will pass through six filter chambers before it is discharged.

And such project should not come as a surprise because the same pattern was used in the construction of the restroom at Paseo del Mar.

“This is similar to the restroom at Paseo. However, the traffic at Paseo is heavy because it is surrounded by different concessionaires. Meaning, many are using the restroom. Unlike with the restroom at the boulevard, there is less traffic so chances of bad smell is very small.” Orendain said, clarifying the concern that bad stench will soon come from the public restroom at R.T. Lim Boulevard.

Orendain further clarified that the water need not to be discharged on the sea water, entirely. The treated water can be channeled to the restroom’s tank and be used for flushing or be discharged on the drainage system of R.T. Lim Boulevard. However, if the water is to be discharged onto the sea, Orendain assured that it will not cause damage to the sea water.

Orendain added that the rest room is part of the second and final phase of the R.T. Lim Boulevard rehabilitation project. Placing the restroom in the middle of the 600 meters bay walk is very strategic, according to Orendain, because people need not to go far away if they need to answer the call of nature.

The City Administrator also speaks out on the many criticisms and issue regarding the construction of the said edifice.   He said that the plan for the construction was approved way before the siege and it was only postponed due to the siege and the allotted funds for the said development projects could not be diverted for example for the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

City Engineer Luis Vicente Despalo also believes that the city has contributed much to the IDPs and that the city also has to move forward for the development of this city. “The city also has to prioritize and invest on Tourism and other projects for the economic growth of the city,” said Despalo.

The R.T. Lim rehabilitation project  started way back in 2013 by the former mayor Celso Lobregat in partnership with former Congresswoman, now City mayor Beng Climaco. The first phase of the rehab project was the construction of the seawall thru the help of the allocated national funds and the city funded the development of the project. Due to the siege, the second phase of the development and rehabilitation was postponed but as of press time the city is up in building back a better Zamboanga. — Ella Dee Phuddih Cruz and Juseph Gelantagaan Elas, WMSU OJT, City Hall)