The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has approved the P100 million Panglao septage treatment project that meets the country’s new effluent standards.

The facility will bring the island-seed of Bohol tourism to its more desirable development and sustainable growth.

Gov. Arthur Yap discussed with Phil-Japan Worldwide (PJW) Management Service, Inc. President Yoshiji Matsuda, General Manager Dorcas Matsuda and Engineering Manager Ronald Navarro the next steps for implementation.

Last March, the Alona area and other beaches in Panglao were inspected by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Sec. Roy Cimatu and National Economic and Development Authority Sec. Ernesto Pernia pertaining to the liquid waste problem confronting the LGU.

Then Gov. Edgar Chatto, now First District congressman, directed then Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio II to work with JICA officials in Manila and Tokyo in Japan for the province to avail of the project grant.

The DENR secretary highly evaluated PJW’s water environment protection approach.

But a septage treatment plant is not enough and a sewage system should be considered and required.

Bohol government thus intends to leverage the country’s only technology for the biological simultaneous removal (BSR) of nitrogen and phosphorous for effluent water.

The first phase of the project will include septage management.

The second phase will involve sewage system affecting Alona, Tawala and Danao areas in Panglao.

Both Yap and Chatto have strongly lobbied through NEDA for JICA to grant the phase two of the project.

During his administration, Chatto created the Panglao-Dauis-Tagbilaran City Executive Committee (PADTEC) for common approach to address the issues and concerns involving Panglao island waste management. (Ven rebo Arigo)