Clark Freeport Zone Wastewater Treatment Plant gears up for new DENR standards

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In Photo (L-R): Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Administration and Finance Group Engineer Mariza Mandocdoc; Manila Water Philippine Ventures Subsidiary Operations Group Director Maidy Lynne Quinto; Clark Water Corporation (CWC) President & CEO Virgilio C. Rivera, Jr.; CDC Chairmain Edgardo Pamintuan; CDC President & CEO Manuel Gaerlan; Prime Infra Market Sector Lead for Water Melvin John Tan; CDC Engineering Services Group Ralph Mamauag; and CWC General Manager Christian Mhel Marcos.

Clark Development Corporation, in collaboration with Clark Water Corporation, has begun gearing up  its efforts to upgrade its wastewater treatment processes as it prepares its sewage treatment facility serving the Clark Freeport Zone to comply with the new and more stringent standards of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Administrative Order (DAO) 2016-08 on Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR).

The facility which has the capacity to treat as much as 27 million liters of wastewater per day will undergo a series of preparatory works including removal of sludge to maximize its processing capacity and improve the flow of water within the facility. These activities will increase its overall treatment efficiency and prepare the facility for the installation of upgrades.

During the project commencement, Clark Development Corporation Chairman Edgardo Pamintuan expressed the dedication of the parties to adhere with the new government-mandated environmental regulations. “Our collaborative actions to continuously improve  our wastewater facilities and services to support the government’s initiatives of promoting environmental sustainability is significant in pursuing our mission to make the Freeport a preferred busines and tourism destination in the region,” Pamintuan said.

Meanwhile, Clark Development Corporation President and CEO Manuel Gaerlan shared  that “upgrading the wastewater treatment plant is a big investment for Clark Water that will have an economic impact to our locators and investors, and that is why we are working together to ensure that we will be able to set in place acceptable solutions that will balance the interest of the locators while complying to DAO 2016-08,” said Gaerlan.

Gearlan added that CDC will push through with finalizing the revised Compliance Action Plan to the requirement of DAO 2016-08 for submission to DENR.

Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is the government owned and controlled corporation that administers the Clark Freeport Zone.

As the water and wastewater service provider of Clark Freeport Zone, Clark Water Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Virgilio C. Rivera, Jr. shared that the company will remain steadfast in its commitment to uphold environmental sustainability by providing world-class wastewater services to the locators of the Clark Freeport Zone. “We are determined in meeting the environmental standards set by the government and we are working closely with CDC  to ensure that we take care of the current and future water supply and wastewater services needs of our customers especially the locators who are major contributors to the export economy of the country,” said Rivera.

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