Authorities target improved sanitation in Dumaguete City's informal settlements

March 27, 2010 11:24 pm 

DUMAGUETE CITY, March 27 –- Authorities are planning an ocular inspection of informal settlements in Dumaguete City to determine the number of residences without septic tanks.

Such plan is in line with full implementation of City Ordinance No. 18 establishing a septage waste management system in Dumaguete City.

This developed as some residents of Bantayan, a coastal village, appeared Thursday before the City Council to express concern about lack of space where they can construct their respective septic tanks.

City Council members say such situation can be true also in the city’s other areas.

Section 9 of Ordinance No. 18 provides that for clustered structures or densely populated areas characterized by inadequate land area, there shall be corresponding communal septic tanks.

However, such provision lacks guidelines on who will shoulder expenses for building such facility.

Such problem prompted the council to schedule discussions on amending the ordinance and on appropriating funds for building communal septic tanks following approved engineering and environmental standards.

Authorities concerned requested the city septage management authority to submit the budget requirement for such purpose.

Sanitary inspector Ernel Jumalon said the city government previously provided its indigent constituents with free cement, iron bars and toilet bowls so they could construct their respective septic tanks.

City Ordinance No. 18 was passed and approved in 2006 in line with the Clean Water Act to protect the city’s groundwater and to require three chambers in septic tanks.

This resulted in construction of a P25-million septage facility in Barangay Camanjac. (PNA)

scs/CJT/jfp/Juancho Gallarde

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