Set up your own treatment plants, Manila Bay businesses told
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is now requiring all establishments within the Manila Bay region to connect to existing sewer lines or set up their own sewerage treatment plants (STP) to ensure that wastewater is properly collected and treated according to environment standards.
This latest requirement is contained in Memorandum Circular 2019-01 recently issued by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, who chairs the inter-agency Manila Bay Task Force in charge of rehabilitating the Manila Bay.
The circular covers all government facilities, subdivisions, condominiums, commercial centers, hotels, sports and recreational facilities, hospitals, marketplaces, public buildings, industrial complex and other similar establishments.
Under the circular, these establishments were required to either “connect to existing sewerage systems or to construct individual [STPs].”
Cimatu said the circular was pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 and President Duterte’s Administrative Order No. 16, entitled “Expediting the Rehabilitation and Restoration of the Coastal and Marine Ecosystem of the Manila Bay and creating the Manila Bay Task Force.”
The Manila Bay region covered by the circular encompasses the entire bay coastline of 190 kilometers and the total drainage area of about 17,540 square kilometers across Regions III, IV-A and the National Capital Region.