Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin signed and exchanged notes concerning the grant (with provision of up to ¥2 billion) for the Septage Management Project of Metro Cebu Water District on July 23.
The project addresses the widespread environmental pollution in Metro Cebu caused by inadequate drainage treatment and illegal dumping of sludge into rivers. The absence of septage treatment is also a major public health concern because of groundwater contamination.
Japan’s grant will be used to construct septic tank sludge treatment facility and provide sludge collection vehicles as well as improve the operation system for sludge processing in the Metro Cebu Water District. This project is expected to contribute to stable economic development by promoting proper household sludge treatment and improving water and hygienic environmental pollution.