LLDA partners with McDonald’s for installation of wastewater treatment facilities

May 29, 2013 11:16 pm 

Manila, May 29 — The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with McDonald’s Philippines for the installation of wastewater treatment facilities in the fast food restaurant’s branches within the Laguna De Bay Region (LDBR) yesterday.

McDonald’s will implement a phased-in installation of wastewater treatment facilities on its 45 branches within the LDBR from July 2013 to December 2014. The LDBR consists of the provinces of Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, Cavite and parts of Batangas and Metro Manila.

Pending the installation of the wastewater treatment plants on its branches, the corporation will adopt remedial wastewater minimization measures to reduce the pollution level of its wastewater discharge.

The firm will also continue on researching and developing new methods/alternatives that are cost-efficient in reducing or eliminating wastewater.

On its part, the LLDA shall formulate a system of incentives and develop market-based instruments to encourage compliance with the effluent standards prescribed for the quick service restaurant industry and extend all reasonable assistance to McDonald’s to facilitate smooth implementation of the project.

It shall also implement an effluents trading system for all the stores of the corporation within the LDBR.

LLDA Chief of Staff Carlo Religioso stated that the agency is continuously seeking the private sector’s commitment to ensure compliance with the Clean Water Act and aid in the preservation and rehabilitation of the LDBR.

“The agency recognizes the indispensable role of the private sector in carrying out LLDA’s mandate for the promotion of the sustainable resilience and development of the Lake Basin and Region,” he also said. (PNA)



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