A wastewater contamination solution called Eco-friendly Septic System (Eco-SEP) was installed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-MIMAROPA in the emerging tourism destination of San Jose, Romblon.
The septic system in the town known also as “Carabao Island” and “Hambil” will ensure clean and safe marine waters for the town.
It was installed with the help of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Romblon (BFAR-Romblon) and the municipal government.
The San Jose local government learning from the experience of Boracay Island wanted to preserve the pristine waters of its beaches as many people are now starting to discover it.
The Eco-Sep was installed in the island’s public market as part of the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program.
The technology that utilizes a combined bio-remediation and filtration process to treat and clean wastewater using a locally produced white powder mixture of naturally occurring minerals called “Vigormin” before it is deposited to the environment.
It uses a settling and anaerobic filtration process for household sewage that requires no mechanical parts, electric power or permanent maintenance works which guarantees sustainability and low-cost maintenance.
The partnership worked together to ensure that all pipes from the wet market are connected to the septic system where all biodegradable wastes will be collected.
After the pipes were finished, Vigormin was applied to treat the wastewater from surrounding households and the public market.
With the use of the technology, issues with the cleanliness and foul odor in the public market area were eradicated.
“Simula nung nailagay ang eco-sep dito sa amin, hindi na mabaho at hindi na inu-uod ang aming paligid,” said a restaurant owner near the public market.
The heavy presence of the algae in the creek and beach side that indicated that the water is severely contaminated is also noticeably gone according to some of the residents living nearby.
DOST-MIMAROPA is currently working on the installation of Eco-Sep in Cresta de Gallo, another booming tourist destination in Romblon province.
Cresta de Gallo is an island located at San Fernado, Romblon, that is frequently visited by European cruise ships ferrying passengers.
Mayor Salem Tansingco said the technology will also help them to preserve the beauty of their island and its local beaches.
The Eco-Sep technology was developed by Dr. Merlinda Palencia and funded by the DOST– Philippine Council for Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development. (Mae Angelica Fabito-Famini, DOST-MIMAROPA PSTC- Romblon; Marcelina Servañez, DOST-MIMAROPA PSTC-Romblon; and Ma. Josefina P. Abilay, DOST-MIMAROPA Regional Office/DOST-PCIEERD)
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