A total of PHP63 million was earmarked for the upgrading of the sewerage treatment plant (STP) of 12 hospitals being managed by the provincial government of Iloilo.
The Department of Health appropriated PHP45 million and the provincial government provided PHP18-million counterpart fund.
While these health facilities are already equipped with STPs, there is a need for them to upgrade to be compliant with the regulations of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The septic tanks used to focus only on the sewerage treatment plant but should now cover different waste products.
Dr. Raul Banias, Provincial Administrator and Chief of the Hospital Management Office, said that a design has been completed for each of the STPs to be procured using the design and build mode.
The Provincial Engineer’s Office determined the needed budget depending on the capacity and area of each hospital.
Design and build mode makes the construction of the project easier and faster; and the design will be contracted to a single company.
Banias hopes the project will be implemented in the next two to three months and be completed during the first quarter of next year. (By Perla Lena, Jessa Mae Padilla and Marvin Mongao, WVSU-OJT/Philippine News Agency)