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Philippines' Largest Wastewater Facility Worth P10.5 Billion to Rise in CAMANA

The project will treat wastewater and benefit 1.2 million households.
ILLUSTRATOR WARREN ESPEJO
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The country’s largest-ever water reclamation facility will soon rise in Metro Manila’s north, which will benefit around 1.2 million households in South Caloocan, Malabon, and Navotas. 

The Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas Water Reclamation Facility (CAMANA WRF) is a project of west zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc, which has contracted DM Consunji Inc. (DMCI) to build it on a 16-hectare lot along Dagat-dagatan Avenue Extension in Barangay Maypajo, Caloocan City.

Worth an estimated P10.5 billion, the CAMANA WRF is a sewage treatment plant designed to treat 205 million liters per day (MLD) of wastewater and involves the rehabilitation and expansion of the company’s 26 MLD Dagat-Dagatan Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), which was built in the 1980s. It will have an 85-kilometer sewer network that will catch wastewater generated by customers and will thus help clean up Manila Bay and improve sanitation conditions in the three cities. It is the biggest of its kind in the country.

“This is an enormous undertaking because it involves expanding the capacity of a 40-year-old facility by over 600 percent,” said DMCI president and CEO Jorge A. Consunji.

The project actually broke ground in November 2019, but listed DMCI announced in a filing with the Philippine Stock Exchange on Thursday (March 18) that it has commenced construction of the project. The company said it expects to employ up to 1,000 direct and indirect workers when the project hits its peak around first quarter of 2023. The project is expected to be completed and operational in 2024. 

Maynilad is currently constructing other STPs in Valenzuela, Las Pinas City, and Tunasan and Cupang in Muntinlupa. It operates and maintains 22 wastewater facilities that have a combined treatment capacity of about 663,000 cubic meters of wastewater per day.

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