DENR Septic Treatment Plant phases in MMORS Rehabilitation

EXCERPT OF INAUGURAL SPEECH OF STP IN BRGY. ZAMORA, MEYCAUAYAN CITY, March 22, 2013

Matatandaan ninyo na noong March 13 of last year (2012) ay nagpa-ground breaking ceremonies tayo dito sa Zamora para sa ating Septic Treatment Plant (STP). Alam niyo bang pangalawa pa lamang itong STP natin sa naipapagawa ng EMB sa ating bansa?   Mismo kong inilapit ito kay Sec. Ramon Paje during the 2011 budget hearings. Within the month po, inaksyunan na nila ito. You see, prior to this decisively affirmative action from the Secretary, the allocation in 2011 was a measly PhP500,000. In 2010, one million was earmarked but only half of this or Php 500,000.00 was downloaded to EMB Region 3. Imagine 9.8 million was allotted to this project!  Kaya isama bilang kasapi ng governing board ang mga kinatawan na sumasakop sa mga bayan na nakapaloob sa MMORS-WQMA. Para may taga-kulit po kayo ng kailangang pondo. Hindi po tayo nag-fo-foto ops lang —  o pa-cute sa picturetaking. Tayo po ay nagtatrabaho dahil bawat bayan po ng aking distrito, maging ang ilog sa Sta. Maria, ay may tributary po patungong Meycauayan-Obando-Marilao River System o MMORS. Dati po, kapag nagbaha, aapaw ang masaganang fishponds ng Meycauayan — blessing ang mga umaapaw na isda sa kalye! Ngayon po, hadhad, alipunga, at madami pang flood-borne diseases ang ating inaani! Eto nga, kasama na po sa mga relief na dini-distribute namin ay anti-fungal ointments. I’m sure you will agree with me that the generation after us deserve better!

Sa okasyon po ng World Water Day, dapat hindi dito sa Septic Treatment Plant magtatapos ang ating pagkilos. For the ten-year rehabilitation plan requiring 10.2 billion pesos — if we work on schedule and as planned,  it must be included in the national budget!  Para maihanap po ng NEDA ng international funding katulad po ng Valenzuela-Obando-Meycauayan (VOM) Flood Control Project. It will not only benefit us, it will also help the clean-up operations of the Manila Bay, and thus ensure compliance to the continuing mandamus issued by the Supreme Court. More importantly, we ensure that aquatic products from our side are safe for the general public’s consumption. We have to see and work towards the larger picture— that saving the MMORS is investing in an economically developed and ecologically sound future.