Air and water concerns given emphasis in SOCA

BAGUIO CITY- Networking, linkages and partnerships with environment-concerned groups are being firmed up for expanded studies in clean air and water in the city, Mayor Mauricio Domogan reported in his State of the City Address (SOCA) last Monday at city hall.

Review of functions and roles in the revitalization and revival of the environment comes with the approval of the environment code last year; including mobilization of working groups, action on specific area of concern, and deputation of enforcers in the barangay level.

As the city struggles with climate change issues, the mayor admitted that environmental challenges could not be remedied by conventional means but by technology-based solutions to preserve and regenerate our natural surroundings. There is a need to source out solutions, which even international experts have volunteered to provide; to revive and revitalize the environment, Mayor Domogan said.

Positive results may not even be witnessed during our time, but our efforts are for the future generations, he added.

The University of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Science Management shall present within this year a fuel quality and efficiency study and a chemical analysis of air quality monitoring. Information on air pollution levels will be given to Baguio residents for health advisories relative to exposure.

Links with a South Korean group and Air Asia for air analysis as to particulate matter (PM) shall be established, it was known.

The city has not been remiss in its part, through the establishment of tree parks and re-greening activities in coordination with the academe, religious, business and civil society groups, non-government and government offices. In addition to existing tree nurseries, a nursery mainly for pine seedlings was established and now maintained along Ambuklao road, Mayor Domogan further reported.

The Roadside Inspection, Testing and Monitoring Team (RITMT) and its anti-smoke belching campaign is regularly on city roads, with a ban on indiscriminate burning has put emphasis on less emission of harmful carbons in the air, the report states.

Air quality monitoring in 19 strategic points in the city revealed 11 at "good" level, and 8 at "fair." The most improved area from "unhealthy" to "fair" is the uphill drive near the city hall and police station, the mayor noted.

Meanwhile the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) with the Health Services Office (HSO) were directed to work with barangay officials to "determine the extent, and regulate and balance livestock production and impact to the environment, health and sanitation." Earlier, poultry and piggery owners were the subject of complaints from their neighbors, thus the directive.

For waste water, sewage and urban drainage concerns, the city with the assistance of Japan International Cooperating Area (JICA), sends a representative for extensive training in Japan.

For the preparation of sewage and septage plans, Baguio is touted to be a local demonstration area, under a World Health Organization (WHO) program. A final report of Asian Development Bank-funded and cities development initiative for green and integrated waste water management plan for the city.

Baguio as a study area for business model assessment of sludge as commercial fertilizer is being looked into. The 30-year old Baguio Sewage Treatment Plan (BSTP) is also the subject of a pre-feasibility study for expansion and development of a decentralized waste water treatment plant. To protect and prolong its life, a P15.2 M dewatering machine to improve water quality before release to the Balili river. On deck is a proposed 25 M septage facility within the BSTP this year.

All plans by CEPMO to simplify sewage and septage plans should be duly approved by the city council and city development council, the mayor said. - juliegfianza

 
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Speech Delivered by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan during the Cordillera Month Closing Ceremony
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