THE Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has pledged to introduce a decentralized wastewater treatment system to Baguio City as part of its efforts to produce projects outside of the country.
“The launch of this new wastewater technology is an environmental win, especially for tourism hotspots like Baguio. As cities like it urbanize, wastewater management is a common and crucial issue that has to be addressed. Japanese companies through JICA can bring in the expertise and innovation, and the public sector can adopt the technology. We hope those innovative systems can contribute to the said crucial challenge, and will be widely spread in the entire country, too,” JICA Chief Representative Sakamoto Takema said in a statement.
According to Takema, the project will be a decentralized on-site system provided by FujiClean Ltd, with performance comparable to a more traditional wastewater treatment system, but the details have yet to be fully provided or hashed out.
A JICA program taps Japanese small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for potential investment opportunities in overseas markets.
The wastewater treatment plant in Baguio City currently serves only 10 percent of the city’s households while handling 67 percent of wastewater flow.