Run 4 Resilience. Runners for the July 6 Run For Resilience at the Baguio Athletic Bowl warming up with a Zumba being led by DOH - CAR personnel.The CRDRRMC led fun run that gathered around 1,000 runners served the kick-off activity for the observance of National Disaster Resilience Month in Cordillera. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Cordillera Unity Gong. Baguio City Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan awards a symbolic key of Baguio to Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas who headed the province's delegates in turning over the unity gong to the city. In celebration of the 32nd Cordillera month RDC officials are leading a unity gong relay around the provinces of the region from July 9 up to the 14th, in time for the July 15 Cordillera Day celebration. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

NEDA Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Dr. Ernesto M. Pernia delivers his speech as the keynote speaker in the 2019 World Population Day Forum

Cordillera Unity Gong. Baguio officials headed by Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan (left side of the gong) receives the Cordillera Unity Gong from Benguet officials headed by Governor Melchor Diclas (right side of the gong). In celebration of the 32nd Cordillera month RDC officials are leading a unity gong relay around the provinces of the region from July 9 up to the 14th, in time for the July 15 Cordillera Day celebration. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Run for Resilience. Health and sports enthusiasts during the Cordillera Regional DRRM Council led Run for Resilience July 6 that starts and finished at the Baguio athletic bowl. The 5.4 kilometer fun run that was joined by around 1,000 runners servers the kick-off activity for the observance of National Disaster Resilience Month in Cordillera. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Run For Resilience. CRDRRMC chair and OCD - CAR Regional Director Albert Mogol awarding the top 10 finishers of the July 6 Run for Resilience that starts and finish at the Baguio Athletic Bowl. The CRDRRMC led fun run that gathered around 1,000 runners served the kick-off activity for the observance of National Disaster Resilience Month in Cordillera. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

NEDA Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Dr. Ernesto M. Pernia greets POPCOM Undersecretary and Executive Director Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III at the World Population Day Forum.

Tech4ED, TechForAll. DICT North Luzon 1 Director 3 Engr. Leo Ugto (seated at right computer) and Technical Operations Division chief Engr. William Rojas right back row) with DOTr Regional Director Francis Almora (left front Row) given a briefing on the Tech4ED (Technology for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurs and Economic Development) computers during the formal launching of the DICT Benguet Provincial Tech4ED Center at the Baguio Post Office loop Building, Friday. The center will provide the public free access to information and online government services. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

POPCOM Undersecretary and Executive Director Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III tackles people-centered development as the core of the POPCOM’s advocacy on his keynote speech.

Baguio sewage treatment plant due for upgrading, expansion

BAGUIO CITY, June 10 (PIA) - - The city’s sewage treatment plant which has already exceeded its capacity is up for upgrading and expansion to cater to other areas.  

Based on the Water Quality Management Area (WQMA) 10 – year compliance scheme, the city government has crafted its Baguio Sewage Treatment Plant (BSTP) roadmap for the upgrade of the existing STP at Sanitary Camp and expansion in Lower Rock Quarry. The local government is mandated to treat its own waste water and build its own STP for its populace.

The existing BSTP,  now 32 years operational  and  exceeded its capacity, is one of the challenges the local government is faced with in the management of its waste water,  according to Engr. Moises Lozano, Assistant Head of City Environment and Park Management Office (CEPMO) and Division Chief of the Wastewater Management Division.

The existing STP caters only to Balili waste water catchment serving about 10 percent of the city’s population.  It covers 65 barangays which compose 10,248 structures such as residential, commercial establishments, mixed institutions, government offices as well as eight communal septic tanks, said Lozano. Individual septic tanks in 53 barangays established their own outside of the BSTP based on 2012 data, he added.

Engr. Moises Lozano, Assistant Head of City Environment and Park Management Office  and Division Chief of the Wastewater Management Division presents the roadmap of the Baguio Sewage Treatment Plant  for upgrade and expansion to members of the Bued Water Quality Management Area Board. (SCA-PIA-CAR) 

Apart from the Balili catchment which compose bulk of the population or equivalent to 41 percent of the city’s population, there are still three other catchments areas namely Asin-Galiano, Bued and Ambalanga which accounts for 24%,  26% and  9%, of the city’s total population, respectively. The day time city population is about 400,000 and about 380,000 at night time, Lozano said.

The Sanitary Camp STP upgrading costs P343.37 million. Once implemented, it will increase its total capacity from 8,600 cubic meters to 14,800 cubic meters per day.

 The decentralized STP proposed at Lower Rock Quarry has an estimated cost of P148.59 million with a capacity of 7,600 cubic meters per day. The proposed STP which   covers the Asin-Galiano catchment is expected to cater to 16 barangays. Budget of P10M is allotted for the fencing of the proposed STP to prevent entry of squatters is set for implementation late this year, Lozano added.   

Also identified for rehabilitation and construction are the main sewer lines spanning 25.7 kilometers.

Lozano underscored some other major challenges in the waste water management operations such as presence of fats, oil, and grease accumulation to sewer lines attributing this to the absence of oil or grease separator or trap of some establishments; illegal sewer connections due to lack of manpower to monitor; low monitoring of septage collection at source; high cost of operations but low revenue from collections; no spare units of equipment and devices; large volume of solid wastes hauled during water way clean-ups; and the growing population.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Executive Director Ralph Pablo committed to work with the city government in addressing the problem on fats, oil and grease accumulation in sewer lines. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR)

By Susan C. Aro

 

Baguio

  • Residents urged to compost own biodegradable wastes

    BAGUIO CITY, July 9 (PIA) --  Biodegradable wastes will be collected by the city government with the lifting of the closure of the Irisan dumpsite, however, city  residents  should learn to segregate and  compost their own biodegradable wastes at their households to lessen the wastes being  accumulated.  

  • DOH pushes for strengthening of immunization program in CAR

    BAGUIO CITY, July 12 (PIA) - - The Department of Health, in its goal to further strengthen the immunization program in Cordillera, gathered  key stakeholders for a regional project implementation review for “Oplan Culex” and the “Baby Come Back to Bakuna” campaign at Chalet Hotel here  last week.

  • Cordillera Unity Gong relay kicks off on July 9

    BAGUIO CITY, July 8 (PIA) -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) is all set for the Cordillera Unity Gong Relay with  featured  government services or programs   in celebration of the 32nd  founding annivery of the Cordillera Administrative Region.

  • Mayor rallies support for a better Baguio

    BAGUIO CITY, July 8 (PIA) -- City Mayor Benjamin Magalong rallied support for his administration to achieve a better Baguio.

  • TESDA leads consultation on draft IRR of CSITE Act

    BAGUIO CITY, July 2 (PIA) - - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA - CAR) gathered major Technical – Vocational Education and Training (TVET) stakeholders  here last week  for a public consultation on the draft Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 11192 or the Cordillera State Institute of Technical Education (CSITE) Act.

Benguet

  • 100 new fire officers boost BFP – CAR's manpower

    LA TRINIDAD Benguet, July 11 (PIA) - - The Bureau of Fire Protection Cordillera Regional Office gets manpower boost with 100 newly absorbed Fire Officer I.

  • La Trinidad holds 1st Highland Veggie Week

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, July 8 (PIA) - - The  first La Trinidad Highland Vegetable Industry Week  which features  the launching of the one of a kind organic vegetable honesty stand, serving of highland vegetable salad toss and farmers’ forum spiced up with edible urban mini garden  showcase of highland vegetables and agri-skills competitions   is set this week.

  • Valencerina challenges police officers to ‘walk-the-talk’

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, July 4(PIA)--The journey towards transformation is the building blocks to peace and development for generations to come, Brigadier General Cheston Valencerina said as he challenged police governance  proficiency awardees to walk the talk.

  • Ayong assures listening, caring leadership

    MANKAYAN, Benguet – Mayor Frenzel Ayong assured the constituents of this mineral-rich town that the present batch of local officials will be listening to their plight, caring for their needs that could be met by the available resources and bring government services closer to them.

  • Community volunteers serve as officials for a day in Kapangan

    KAPANGAN, Benguet, June 28(PIA) -- Community volunteers in this municipality got a chance to run the affairs of the local government here while the officials became community workers.  

Mt. Province

  • Mt. Province officials vow to work together for a common goal

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 8 (PIA) --Inspired by the fresh mandate given by the electorate in the province, the newly elected provincial officials publicly announced during their oathtaking to put aside politics and vowed to work hand in hand with one common goal- to move this province forward. 

  • MP sectors one skedy resolution of murder of 3 Besao youths

    Bontoc, Mountain Province – Members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council put their full weight for the speedy resolution of the killing of three natives of Agawa, Besao who reportedly went to hunt and fish but were found dead days later along the Lakanga creek within the vicinity of Baclingayan, a sitio of Tabacda, Tubo, Abra.

  • Bauko hospital to bid out P7 million solar project

    BAUKO, Mountain Province – The administration of the State-run Luis Hora Regional Memorial Hospital (LHRMH) is ready to bid out its P7 million solar project to tap renewable sources of energy to power to some of the government hospital’s facilities.

  • Funds for MP public works projects slashed

    BONTOC, Mountain Province  – The completion of unpaved national roads, restoration of road cuts and collapsed road sections, implementation of slope protection works among other priority public works projects will have to be stalled anew following the huge cut in the regular infrastructure fund of the Department of Public Works and Highways – First Mountain Province District Engineering office (DPWH-MPDEO) this year.

  • P90-M Cordillera flood control project ‘defective’

    BAUKO, Mountain Province: An anti-crime and corruption watchdog in the Cordillera Administrative Region has questioned the implementation of a P90-million flood control project in Tipunan, Monamon Norte in the Upper Chico river here.

IFUGAO

  • Prov’l dads assure healthy working relationship among themselves

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, July 11 (PIA) - - The newly-installed elected provincial leaders assured to promote a healthy working relationship among themselves for a progressive province in the coming years.

  • Farmers, IFSU studes learn free range chicken production

    ALFONSO LISTA, Ifugao, July 5(PIA)- - More than 500 farmers and practicum students of the Ifugao State University (IFSU) Potia Campus here and Main Campus in Lamut Municipality   participated in a seminar on Back to Basics: Scientific and Sustainable Poultry Free Range Chicken Production.

  • Ifugao town officials sworn into office

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, June  27 (PIA) - - Elected municipal  officials of this capital town of the province are now ready to assume their respective functions next week after they were sworn into office on Tuesday.

  • Ifugao Guv turns over PLGU’s properties to new officials

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, June 27 (PIA) - - Ensuring smooth local governance  transition  for continued service to the people, the outgoing  administration formally turned-over the properties, assets and documents of the provincial local  government unit (PLGU) to incoming elected officials in a ceremony held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan hall here on June 25.

  • PVET holds rabies prevention seminar for BHWs,BNS

    KIANGAN, Ifugao, June 14 (PIA) - - As the frontline workers in the grassroots level, barangay health workers (BHWs) and barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) of this town attended the Rabies Prevention and Control Program Seminar.

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