Last August 1, 2016 at City Mayor’s Office, Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) represented by General Manager Leonardo Rey D. Vasquez together with ZCWD Chairperson Edwin M. Caliolio and City Mayor Maria Isabelle G. Climaco, signed the revised memorandum of agreement for the construction of the Sewerage Treatment Facility (STF) in the presence of City Legal Officer Jesus C. Carbon, ZCWD Director Milagros L. Fernandez, M.D. and Director Esther G. Orendain, ZCWD Technical Services Group head Engr. Arnulfo A. Alfonso, ZCWD Corporate Planning Department Manager Michael Angelo M. Carbon, City Councilor Cesar M. Jimenez and City Legal staff.
The revised memorandum of agreement stated that instead of constructing below – ground as originally proposed, the Sewerage Treatment Facility will be built above – ground where the original Material Recovery Facility (MRF) is located covering an area of two thousand one hundred ninety six square meters (2, 196 sq. m.).
The Sanguniang Panlungsod in SP Resolution No. 627 dated July 26, 2016 approved the Revised MOA and authorized Mayor Climaco to sign the same for and in behalf of the City.
ZCWD Chairperson Edwin M. Caliolio said that the district provides 165 million pesos budget for the project. He also thanked Mayor Climaco in supporting the district’s project in giving assistance with the area where the STF can be constructed. Caliolio said the establishment of the Sewerage Treatment Facility is in compliance with Republic Act 9275, the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004.
Mayor Climaco stressed the importance of the assistance given by United States Agency International Development (USAID) Be – Secure team with the STF project. Mayor Climaco also added that the local government unit will help the district realize the project but in the greater plan is the rehabilitation of the public market to make it viable and let the people understand that this project is for the greater good of Zamboanga.
The district together with local government unit hoping for Zamboanga City to be prepared for 2017 El Niño and La Niña phenomena.
(Darwisa B. Salip Akarab – PRO CREAS ZCWD)