ROXAS CITY—The city should have its own septage management facility, Councilor Cesar Yap Jr. said recently here.
According to Yap, from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources he learned that the Panay River base has “sobra sa isa ka libo nga pilo (over a thousand fold) of coliform.”
This statement from the DENR was mentioned in a recent committee hearing regarding fish kill in the city of Roxas the week before Yap’s privilege speech on August 4.
Yap said that he is proposing an ordinance to create the septage management facility in the city which is modern and would solve the sewage problems in the city through getting the sewage from the houses and establishments in the city.
The city would not spend a dime, Yap said, as the Metro Roxas Water District would have the funds for the project.
“May makuha pa gani ang syudad nga revenue paagi sa paggamit sang iya nga karsadahan,” he added.
Yap said that the DENR has a program called River for Life which is a contest for the cleanest river in the Philippines in which the province is participating in through the Panay River cleaning endeavors. However, the program has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
To date, establishments have pledged to protect the rivers in the city, as follows: Robinsons Place Roxas and Hercor College for the Panay River proper, Pueblo de Panay in Lawaan, and Gaisano mall and Capiz State University for Cadimahan River.
Yap said that he is writing the resolution to support the said DENR program. (Ralph John Mijares)