Madumi talaga! Puerto Princesa seeks JV for sewage project to remove foul stench in bay

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The city government here is likely to enter into a joint venture agreement with a private company for a sewage treatment plant that would put a halt to the disposal of domestic wastewater into Puerto Princesa Bay.

The city government received a proposal from a private company that would help address the wastewater problem here, city administration and legal officer Arnel Pedrosa said Thursday.

The proposal is in read-through status and is being checked if suitable under the city’s joint venture agreement ordinance.

“We are deliberating on it, but we have yet to give recommendations. We will release it in due time and the public will know,” he said, declining to disclose other details, even the name of the private company.

Pedrosa said Mayor Lucilo Bayron wanteda permanent solution for the bay that has become a well-known seaside promenade for foreign and domestic visitors

Pedrosa said the foul-smelling water in the bay due to wastewater from homes and business establishments was undeniable.

“You can’t really hide the fact that Puerto Princesa bay is a bit polluted,” he said, adding that measures being done to get rid of the unwanted smell are only temporary.

However, he did not say the measures being carried out to eliminate the foul smell. (PNA)