Under the Clean Water Act or Republic Act 9275, the Local Government Units (LGU) from Negros Oriental will be monitoring some wastewater treatment facilities with the hand of the Silliman University biology students and the American Space Resource Center of US Embassy.
Wastewater treatment facilities in action
The R.A. 9275 states that all LGUs are obliged to check and process their waste waters before releasing them to the environment and to the public. In Negros Oriental, only a few municipalities are taking this regulation with utmost seriousness and awareness.
Among the wastewater facilities in Negros Oriental only the Dumaguete City Septage, Bayawan District Hospital, Gawad Kalinga Fishermen’s Village (Bayawan), Waste Management and Ecology Center (Bayawan) are being accessed for monitoring and treatment.
After the success of this annual monitoring back in 2009, the Biology Department have founded a suitable way of bringing safe waters to wastewater facilities in Bayawan. With this, a consensus among Bayawan facilities and Silliman University’s biology students were made.
From Silliman University, about 40 biology students are chosen to conduct this annual monitoring of wastewaters in Negros Oriental. US Embassy Public Affairs Officer Carolyn Glassman mentioned that the (US) Embassy is honored work with Silliman for this wastewater treatment facility. In addition, Glassman said that it is important for teaching especially the young people for the next generation leaders the importance of sustainability and preserving the environment.