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4 businesses told to cut off from city sewerage system
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

SEWER LINE INSPECTION -- Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong together with representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Baguio City Police Office and other agencies concerned conducted an on-the-spot inspection of business establishments to check on the status of their sewer system. Big establishments in the city were directed to construct their own sewage treatment facilities to help aid in the city’s water pollution woes. -- Bong Cayabyab

The Environment Management Bureau has advised owners of four establishments in Baguio City to disconnect from the city sewerage system so as to unload the Baguio Sewerage Treatment Plant.

On Wednesday, personnel of the EMB led by Regional Director Ma. Victoria Abrera and Mayor Benjamin Magalong inspected five of 11 establishments at the central business district that generate a large volume of wastewater. Of the five, four turned out to have exceeded the allowable volume of discharge. 

At the sidelines of the Environmental Summit, Thursday, Abrera told reporters that some of the concerned establishments were advised to disconnect from the sewer line and have their wastewater treated first before discharging into the STP, while others were told to already build their own septic tanks for the volume of wastewater contributes to the overloading of the city’s STP.

“Since the STP is under rehabilitation, we encourage big establishments to contain pollution by constructing their STP. Ang discharge pa rin kasi ng lahat ng wastewater ay sa Balili River,” Abrera added.

Establishments with the largest amount of discharge per cubic meter are Cooyeesan Hotel Plaza, Porta Vaga Mall, Good Taste Restaurant, and Baguio Center Mall. 

Prior to the enactment of Comprehensive Land Use Plan, commercial establishments were permitted to connect to the city's sewer line. But due to increasing number of residential and commercial establishments connected to the STP, the city now requires new constructions to have their own septic tanks or sewerage treatment facilities.

Compelling big establishments to treat wastewater or build sewage treatment facilities at their own expense should be the direction of all local government units in the country, said Usec. Benny Antiporda in his speech during the Environment Summit.


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