Thank God, the internet service in our house was back yesterday afternoon.

The Philippine Sanitation Alliance will hold a seminar-workshop today on “Developing a Comprehensive Program for Septage Management in Davao City.” The program is organized by the Davao City Water District with fund support from the USAID.

Septage? Check this entry at wikipedia.

About a decade ago, the water utility firm was also a recipient of fund support from foreign aid agencies on the sewerage system for the city. Nothing, unfortunately, came out of it. The same can be said of its plans for the Tamugan River as source of surface water. The National Water Resource Board granted it permit ten years ago, but nothing has been done about it.

I’m attending this seminar today but I’m crossing my fingers where it would lead us to … given the track record of DCWD, which is long on plans but short on action.

6:40 a.m.

July 8 City Council Agenda

Up for discussion at today’s City Council Regular Session includes the following:

12 Items under First Reading, e.g. Item No. 1225 – Opposition by residents of Virsare Village and Gulf View Executive Homes at Barangay Bago Aplaya on the installation of a Sun Cellular tower in their area; Item No. 1234 – Proposed Ordinance to promote the use of bicycles by providing incentives and amenities (This one is mine);

3rd & Final Reading – Ordinance granting legislative authority to Supplemental Budget No. 1 in the amount of P157,055,922.58;

Committee on the Whole – Collection of taxes and fees on the city’s share on the utilization of national wealth on the operation of the Davao City Water District;

Unfinished Business – Development Permit Application of Forest Lake Memorial Park at Barangay Maa and various committee reports by the Committees on Energy, Transportation & Communication; Games and Amusement; and Housing and Urban and Rural Development

5:52 a.m.