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By: Charlie O. Balanon, Governor’s Press Corps-La Union

With the successful partnership and cooperation for the implementation of the United Nations Environmental Program-International Environmental Technology Center (UNEP-IETC) Project between the Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) and the Municipal Government of Bauang, the Province of La Union is again in the international limelight.

In a simple program at the Farmers’ Hall, Bauang Mayor Euloguio Clarence Martin P. De Guzman III led Municipal and Barangay officials in welcoming the delegation. Foreign experts on sanitation and waste management attending a conference titled “Demonstration of Ecological Sanitation and other Decentralized Sanitation Systems in the Philippines” visited Baung, La Union on June 1, 2011 to validate government and NGO partnership projects on sanitation. In behalf of Gov. Manuel C. Ortega, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member and Committee Chair on Environmental Protection, Human Ecology and Security Francisco “Kit” C. Ortega, Jr., gave a warm reception to the foreign delegation. Also present to grace the occasion were Provincial Agriculturist Imelda J. Sannadan and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Hector T. Benas, who actively coordinated and monitored the programme in behalf of the province.

After the program, the group visited the first Community-Based Sanitation (CBS)-Decentralized Waste Water Treatment System (DEWATS) at the Baladad Compund in Barangay Central West; the on-going construction of DEWATS facility at the southern side of the Public Market; the almost-finished DEWATS at the Slaughterhoue; the Ecological Sanitation (Ecosan) Toilets in Brgys. Puraw Kadaratan and Parian Oeste; and the Guapple Farm treated with urine and the Lomboy Farms Brgy. in Bagbag.

CBS approach is a demand-responsive and participative set of strategies, technologies and organizing-mobilizing tools for improving health and the environment of low income urban communities through the provision of sanitation and waste water treatment. It also encourages communities to undertake operation and maintenance of the chosen systems and it is proven to be more sustainable, better maintained and functions more efficiently for and by the community. The projects were brought about by a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by PGLU, Municipal Government of Bauang, Center for Advanced Philippine Studies (CAPS) and the Breman Overseas Research and Development Agency (BORDA) represented here in the Philippines by Basic Need Services (BNS). Under the MOA, parties have agreed to collaborate in the demonstration of ecological sanitation and other de-centralized wastewater management technologies for sanitation, environmental and local benefits in the Municipality of Bauang and to provide the support and avenue in discussing through consultation the feasibility of a rural-urban linkage of sanitation and agriculture in Bauang and if possible, the neighbouring municipalities in La Union.

Executive Director Danilo Lapid and Programme Manager Leo De Castro of CAPS accompanied the guests which included Ryuichi Fukuhara, a Programme Officer at the International Environmental Technology Center (IETC) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) based in Osaka, Japan. He is in charge of the water and sanitation programme pillar as well as Ecosystem Management Programme at IETC; Dr. Mark Woodward, from World Bank, Philippines; Mr. Francis Afable, Programme Manager of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in the Philippines; Dr. Thammarat Kottatep, a Researcher from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand and specializes in environmental engineering, waste water treatment and decentralized sanitation technologies and planning; Mr. Bounchan Khamphilayvong, a DEWATS Design Engineer at the Lao Institute of Renewable Energy (LIRE); Ms. Trah Thi Hien Hanh, the Pollution Control Officer of the Pollution Control Department of the Vietnam Environment Administration, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; Mr. Robert Hughes, an Environmental and Water Engineer from Australia currently working with the floating communities of Cambodia for “Engineers without Borders- Australia” and the Live and Learn Environmental Education; Mr. Martin Lemenager is a highly qualified multi-disciplinary engineer from the best French top engineering schools and holding a complementary executive master degree in water management; Ms. Kieu Ly Doan, the Assistant Programme Manager and Regional Health and Hygiene Programme Coordinator of BORDA-Vietnam; Mr. Benjamin Clouet, a Water and Sanitation Engineer based in Cambodia; Mr. Julian Doczi, an environmental professional; Dr. Olivia Castillo, Board Member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation; and Mr. Vu Hai Nam, the Deputy Chief of the Scientific Research and Technical Department at the Center for Training and International Cooperation, Vietnam Academy for Water Resources in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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