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Continuing the successful course on wastewater management under CDIA’s cooperation with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) of Cambodia, participants from more cities and municipalities were capacitated in another training held on 02-04 July 2018 in Battambang, Cambodia. This has been the fourth capacity development activity jointly implemented under the partnership between CDIA and MPWT.
This activity gained even more attention as the latest wastewater management training in Svay Rieng, Cambodia, last June 2018. Thirty-two officials from the Department of Environment (DoE), Department of Public Works and Transport (DPWT), cities and municipalities of Siem Reap, Battambang, Sihanoukville, Koh Kong, Kep, Takeo, and Kratie joined the training. His Excellency MPWT Director General Mr. Heng Rathpiseth, MPWT Sewerage Management and Construction Department (SMCD) Director Mr. Chao Phibal, and CDIA Program Management Officer Ms. Mia Simpao graced the event with some opening remarks.
“I really appreciate the initiative of CDIA in supporting and helping us on capacity development (…),” said Heng Rathpiseth. “I would also like to see this kind of training in other cities (…). I believe that MPWT and CDIA will build a stronger cooperation in capacity development to equip our staff with adequate knowledge to drive this significant sector forward,” he added.
Once again, partner officials from the MPWT SMCD who participated in the previous training events served as lead trainers. In order to share good practices and experiences in the Cambodian context, the cities of Battambang, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville gave presentations on the current technical and financial status of their wastewater management treatment facilities. The training covered wastewater management topics such as the formulation of sewerage management led by Mr. Phibal; current drainage system in Cambodia led by SMCD Deputy Director Mr. Pou Manith; technology options and awareness campaign led by MPWT Chief Officer Ms. Dourng Dany; sludge management presentation given by SMCD Deputy Director Dr. Lim Soktay; septic tank concept and management handled by SMCD Officer and former CDIA Young Asian Professional Mr. Lun Heng; and finally culvert calculation led by Dr. Bunrith Seng.
Practical learning experiences were also provided during the training through a site visit to the Battambang Wastewater Treatment Plant, where Deputy Head of the Battambang DPWT Mrs. Kem Sokuntheary led the discussion on sewerage management in the city. One of the positive outcomes of these courses is the enhanced understanding of wastewater facilities and technologies by the participants from several towns across Cambodia.