What you should know about the Clean Water ActWhy the need for the Clean Water Act?As early as 1996, monitoring of the country’s rivers showed that only 51% of the classified rivers still met the standards for their most beneficial use. The rest were already polluted from domestic, industrial and agricultural sources.Most studies point to the fact that domestic wastewater is the principal cause of organic pollution (at 48%) of our water bodies. Yet, only 3% of investments in water supply and sanitation were going to sanitation and sewage treatment.A recent World Bank report pointed out that Metro Manila was second to the lowest in sewer connections among major cities in Asia and less than 7% compared to 20% for Katmandu, Nepal and 30% for Dhaka, Bangladesh.Thirty-one percent (31%) of all illnesses in the country are attributed to polluted waters. Clearly, to ensure access to clean water for all Filipinos, it was imperative that government put together a comprehensive strategy to protect water quality.What is the Clean Water Act?The Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 (Republic Act No. 9275) aims to protect the country’s water bodies from pollution from land-based sources (industries and commercial establishments, agriculture and community/household activities). It provides for a comprehensive and integrated strategy to prevent and minimize pollution through a multi-sectoral and participatory approach involving all the stakeholders.Highlights of the Clean Water ActHow will water quality be managed?Management of water quality will either be based on watershed, river basin or water resources region. Water quality management areas with similar hydrological, hydrogeological, meteorological or geographic conditions which affect the reaction and diffusion of pollutants in water bodies are to be designated by the DENR in coordination with the National Water Resources Board (NWRB).Who will manage these areas?Management will be localized. Multi-sectoral governing boards will be established to manage water quality issues within their jurisdiction.Who are the members of the Governing Boards?Governing Boards shall be composed of representatives of mayors and governors as well as local government units, representatives of relevant national government agencies, duly registered non-government organizations, the concerned water utility sector and the business sector.What are the functions of the Governing Boards?The Governing Boards will formulate strategies to coordinate policies necessary for the effective implementation of this Act. They will create a multi-sectoral group to establish and effect water quality surveillance and monitoring.How will discharges of wastewater be controlled?All owners or operators of facilities that discharge wastewater are required to get a permit to discharge from the DENR or the Laguna Lake Development Authority. Existing industries without any permit are given 12 months from the effectivity of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) promulgated pursuant to this Act to secure a permit to discharge.How will domestic wastewater be addressed?The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), in coordination with local government units will prepare a national program on sewage and septage management not later than 12 months from effectivity of this Act. A priority list will likewise be prepared which will be the basis for the allotment of funds on an annual basis by the national government for the construction and rehabilitation of required facilities.On the other hand, LGUs are to provide the land including road right of the way for the construction of sewage and/or septage treatment facilities and raise funds for the operations and maintenance of said facilities.The Department of Health (DOH) will formulate guidelines and standards for the collection, treatment and disposal of sewage as well as the guidelines for the establishment and operation of centralized sewage treatment system. The MWSS and other
did the family live up to a perfect model. She also teaches us to question the statistics and look at a variety of underlying reasons for historic and contemporary social issues. Please watch this video lecture by Stephanie Coontz on the topic of this book.
family values are what makes people act like they do in certain situations and affects what they care about in life.
When people think of the perfect family, they think of the 1950’s, but that was not what the perfect family.
People in Marigees…
‘A perfect benevolent deity could not totally prevent suffering in this world’ – Discuss (10 marks)
It is suggested by many that there is a perfect benevolent deity who created the universe. A perfect benevolent deity is a God by whom is all good and is entirely perfect. Many use the idea of the existence of evil and suffering to suggest that there is no God. People who hold this viewpoint would argue that if there was a God which was all powerful and all good then surely evil and suffering would…
I could easily come up with a very long list of qualities that I would like my “ideal” mate to have but I’ve already found exactly what I want. Regardless of how young and reckless I may seem I know deep in my heart that he’s perfect for me whether or not we end up spending the rest of our lives together.
I didn’t look for a guy with things that I like about him, he just came to me. I grew to like and eventually love him. He became a part of me. Every chance I get to be with him…
An adolescent teen looks in the mirror and analyzes her body. Although other people see her as a beautiful young woman, she sees a completely different picture. She thinks she is too fat, too short, that she has a weird chin, and her cheeks are not high enough. Is it normal for a pre-teen to think these things? She wants to alter her appearance to look more like the super models she sees in magazines; however, she will never look like those women on her own. She considers plastic…
Not Picture Perfect
Love is relative, but isn’t fair certainly not in this case. How can anyone love this, it isn’t caring, it isn’t kind. This love isn’t patient or compassionate. This is a cold, erratic mess someone decided we deserved. My sister is not all mine. She has been taken over; her own mind has turned against her.
Brianna used to scream, her pain felt real but it was just her mind playing tricks. Schizophrenia will do that to you. I wish my mind was playing tricks, I wish this wasn’t…
of this nation; no one would dispute that it is the single most valuable part of our written history. Therefore, when one looks to revise they do it knowing the whole nation will be looking and possibly not willing to change. With that said A More Perfect Constitution by Sabato J. Sabato steps out of the box to take on what issues the US constitution has in today’s world and why the dated version just is not working as well as it could.
Within the book, Sabato goes over a list of ideals…
The “Perfect” Family
What does the word family mean to you? It has become a common belief in American
culture that families are complete with a mom
and two kids
with the dad working outside
the home and the mother staying at home to care for the children and home
This stereotype has
become so accepted in our culture that we naturally start to imagine that all families should be
In todays society, there are multicultural families…
As we have been learning, there are many aspects to running not only a proper business, but also a business with a positive and organized atmosphere. The name of a particular pizzeria is completely misleading; it is far from being perfect in any sense of the word. The issues with this restaurant span from the top of management down the feelings and performance of most employee’s. Starting with the issues with manager, they do not seem to have any orderly way to select a manager so…
My hair was straightened, it was messy and frizzy, I cried. False teeth went in, my real teeth were squint, I cried. The dress was too tight, I was too fat, I cried. The make-up was applied, I had freckles, I cried. I looked in the mirror, I cried, to be immediately told to stop as the mascara would run. They forced me to eat powdered sugar, I breathed it in by mistake, I cried. Even my personality wasn't right. I looked in the mirror, but I didn't see myself, I saw a “pretty little…
“The Perfect Storm”
Grey's Anatomy is a medical television show set at the fictional Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital in Seattle. The episodes cover the stories of several residents and interns at the hospital as they try to balance their personal lives with the burdens of their medical training. The chief character is Meredith Grey, who is married to a neurosurgeon, Dr. Derek Sheppard, at the hospital. The series follows Meredith Grey’s life as the daughter of world-renowned…