Toru Hashimoto, director of the International Affairs of Yokohama City, Japan met with Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III on Nov. 18 to discuss the septage treatment plant that will benefit Metro Cebu.
The septage treatment plant is one of the plans in the Roadmap Study for Sustainable Urban Development in Metro Cebu that is initiated by the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB) in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
JICA and the Japanese Government expressed interest to grant Cebu about US$10 to 20 million for a metro-wide septage tank. This could fast track Mega Cebu efforts of pushing the metropolitan area of Cebu province as a sustainable, smart and inclusive city region.
The planned septage treatment plant can make wastewater reusable. It can lessen pollution and help protect potable water from any waste contamination.
“There’s no problem with the grant from the Japanese Government. Close coordination of the local government units and the water districts with MCDCB must be observed for the grant to be given to the Metro Cebu LGUs, as stated in the Roadmap Study,” Hashimoto said.
He asked Cebu not to miss this chance and to act on what is needed to be done since this is already an opportunity to make the plant happen and achieve one of the goals of the Roadmap Study.
The Roadmap Study is Metro Cebu’s blueprint for sustainable economic development geared toward attaining the Mega Cebu Vision 2050. Davide sits as chair of MCDCB.
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