The Sewerage  Wastewater Treatment Plant Project A Public-Private Partnership

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1. The Sewerage & Wastewater Treatment Plant Project (A Public-Private Partnership) The Puerto Galera Experience

2. What is Puerto Galera? a small municipality of approximately 25,247.23 hectares has 42 km. long coasts, consisting of shorelines rimmed with dazzling white beaches, coconut plantations and delightful scenery 130 km South of Manila

3. is strategically located at the northernmost tip of the province of Oriental Mindoro lies along the Verde Island Passage Marine Biodiversity Conservation Corridor where the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean waters converge; bringing in nutrients that sustain the biodiversity of marine life in the area.

5. The Verde Island Passage is now more popularly known as the where Puerto Galera lies. Must we remain as mere spectators? We cannot. We must do something about the rapid degradation of the marine environment.

6. Puerto Galera Waters is so significant but. . . What’s been happening?

7. Why do we say these? To emphasize the fact that this town is significant not only in history but also geographically. Taking into consideration environmental economics, we say, we have to sustainably protect our environment.

9. DOING NOTHING ABOUT SEWAGE POLLUTION Increased health risk e.g. diarrhea, typhoid, polio, hepatitis.) Deterioration of quality of water resources. Deterioration of coastal, marine and terrestrial habitats. Decline in fisheries. Tourists go elsewhere - decline in tourism industry.

10. Current situation:

11. Our vision: A progressive, globally competitive tourism municipality that upholds and enhances the rights of the people to a balance ecology, enriches culture, maintains peace and order, and preserves the comfort and convenience of a God-centered citizenry

12. Here is our basis in saying there is gradual degradation in the environment: Sabang, Puerto Galera 2006 FECAL COLIFORM GEOMEAN RQ Seashore Resort 883.69 4.42 Near Sabang Inn 10,945.93 54.73 Pavillon Floating Bar 2,504.30 12.52 Triton Diver 48,929.66 244.65 Mabuhay Resort 174.64 0.87 La Laguna Beach Club 59.91 0.30 Source: Department of Environment and Natural Resources Water Quality Monitoring

13. Now, how do we perceive the problem of sanitation taking into consideration our vision? It is neither an issue of hygiene nor environment sanitation. Neither is it private nor public. It is not even an issue of cultural practices. Most of all, it is not too hard and not too expensive. It is all of the above.

14. Owing to the geographical importance of Puerto Galera it attracts all sorts of attention not only locally but internationally. Moreover, we cannot forego the economic gains our people get thus, begun the great history of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) which we now call the PPP-Puerto Galera Experience.

15. What did we / what did I do as the new leader of Puerto Galera? Evaluated local government systems and implemented new ones to effect desired changes; Held several consultative meetings from day 1 in office, with almost all of the residents of this municipality from all sectors;

16. Implemented unpopular measures like the EUF collection as a major step in caring for our precious environment and cure financial anemia; and Currently, take all political risks by engaging in the Build-Operate-Transfer scheme as amended by RA 7718 of constructing the much needed Sewerage and Wastewater Treatment Project though opposed by some.

17. Yes, it is! We have to help save the environment. Sanitation has always been a first priority because we foresaw that with even a bit of bad news that Puerto Galera waters is contaminated, tourism will die, and everything that the local government worked for will be gone – so is the future of its people. If it isn’t a priority, we don’t know what is! Is it a Priority Program?

18. What resources have been mobilized? Mostly, it’s human resource, time and effort. Conducted intensive information and education campaigns even in schools. Tackled the problems on solid waste and wastewater in several meetings so that the different sector heads and members were conditioned that what our government should do is address the environmental problem.

19. What could be the impact of these actions? Based on our vision, we can be at par with other eco-tourism destinations, ensure progressive economic growth and keep the lifestyle of the citizenry at the best they can afford. Peace and order can also be maintained when the economy is healthy. To top it all, we can leave a healthy natural environment for posterity!

20. How were we able to get the stakeholders’ support? Through involvement – encouraged them to share in every aspect of the program: on pre-implementation, during implementation, and in evaluation of program/project progress. Through collaboration – program launches were done in different barangays (the smallest unit of government in the Philippines).

21. Through example – by sheer display of transparency, the legislative body supported all programs of government. Through establishment of trust – leaders who were delegated to do different tasks were left to decide on matters that fall under their jurisdiction.

22. What legislative support do we have? Since 1989, we enacted municipal laws. regulations and policies which are now compiled into a book recognized even by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; In 1992, RA 7160 was passed. Section 16 of which “. . . encourage and support the development of appropriate and self-reliant scientific and technological capabilities. . .” by local government units;

23. In 2005, we enacted the Coastal Resources Management Plan with the help of the World Wide Fund and the Locsin Foundation-- from which sprang the Environmental Users Fee (EUF) System or Municipal Ordinance # 06-03 which was enacted in 2006.

24. In November 16, 2007 with enabling ordinances (the IRR on the EUF) we started the EUF system collection. 1st quarter of 2008 – started negotiations with all stakeholders on the then proposed Build-Operate-Transfer scheme as amended by RA 7718 of constructing the controversial Sanitation and Wastewater Treatment Project.

25. How were we able to get the support of the communities and the tourism sector in this program? Held consultative meetings/public hearings on the proposed program/project; and Made them part of the Technical Working Group (TWG) that dealt with every aspect of program/project implementation from planning up to the actual negotiations with the partner agency.

26. What other factors contributed to a workable sanitation program? Worked based on legal requirements from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the National Economic and Development Administration (NEDA), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the Department of Health (DOH), and other concerned agencies;

27. Consulted laws, policies and regulations, to wit: the BOT Law, RA 7160, DAO # 34 & 35, and other pertinent laws; Collaborated with World Wide Fund (WWF), the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of Asia (PEMSEA), Sustainable Coastal Tourism in Asia (SCOTIA), the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro, the Barangay Government of Sabang, the host barangay of the proposed project;

28. Gave all Puerto Galerans and visitors a stake in the program and in environmental protection i.e., through the Environmental Users Fee (EUF); We made them realize that the future of Puerto Galera and all its peoples lies in the responsible use of the environment.

32. Puerto Galera is not only for Puerto Galerans -- it is for the people of the world. Thus, on November 16, 2007 with sheer political will and a genuine desire to address the almost rapid degradation of our environment we implemented the Environmental Users’ Fee system (EUF). Thus began the classic example of a true Public Private Partnership -- with the private persons giving their share for environmental care to the government that now spearheads worthy and noble projects for our children’s future.

44. We cannot, we will not, and we must not neglect the marine environment

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