DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria emphasized the current status of the country’s river during his keynote message in the inauguration of Tanay Water District’s Water Septage and Treatment Plant,  he said “According to the DENR Environmental Bureau, 49% of our country’s rivers are already polluted from agricultural, industrial, and domestic sources. Research shows that the majority of pollution of our water bodies is caused by domestic wastewater. In addition, illness caused by polluted waters in the country is at 31%”.

The activity was graced by Tanay Water District General Manager, Mr. Emmanuel Catolos, Chairperson of the Board Engineer Wilson Santos, Barangay Chairperson of Plaza Aldea and Board Member of the Province of Rizal Ruel  Estrella, Municipal Vice Mayor of Tanay, Honorable Rafael Tanjuatco, Municipal Mayor of Tanay, Honorable Rex Manuel Tanjuatco, Provincial Governor, Honorable Rebecca Ynares, LWUA Administrator Atty Guiling Mamondiong, and LLDA Manager Jaime Medina. The Sewerage Treatment Plant is located in Sampaloc Road, Sitio Daong, Barangay Plaza Aldea, Tanay, Rizal.

Moreover, Laguna Lake Development Authority Manager Jaime Medina revealed that according to studies only 74% of all households in the country have functional toilets.

In 2008, the Supreme Court issued a mandamus to 13 government agencies to clean Manila Bay. “Tuluy-tuloy po ang paglilinis sa Manila Bay hanggang maabot natin ang kalidad ng tubig na Class SB. At kabilang po roon ay ang sinusulusyonan natin ngayon. Ang dahilan po ng pagkasira ng kalidad ng tubig ay ang hindi natetreat na septage na dumadaloy sa mga kailugan ng Laguna, Pasig River, papunta ng Manila Bay”, Tamoria said.

 “The inauguration shall mark the beginning of our collaborative partnership towards safer and clean waters here in Rizal. As RED of DENR CALABARZON, we also pledge to support and offer guidance for the responsible implementation and enforcement of the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004”, Tamoria added.

LLDA Manager Medina also commended the Tanay Water District for establishing their own Septage Treatment Plant. “Baka ho wala sa mga daliri ko sa isang kamay ang water district na mayroong sariling septage treatment plant…Ang proyektong ito ay isang halimbawa na kung magtutulungan ang mga komunidad, barangay, pamahalaang bayan, mga pribadong sektor, at government agencies, lahat po ay pwede nating maisagawa”. 

An Official Groundbreaking Ceremony for the project was held last January 10, 2020. After almost 10 months, the Tanay Septage and Treatment Plant was established and ready for operationalization. ###