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CDIA Holds Kick-off Meetings For Baguio and San Fernando PFS

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Last week, 15-17 June, CDIA, represented by Brian Capati, Infrastructure Engineer and Rohit Sanyal Nag, Financial Specialist, held Kick-off Meetings for the Pre-Feasibility Studies (PFS) on Integrated Wastewater Management of Baguio City and San Fernando City, La Union, in Northern Philippines.

The City Governments of Baguio and San Fernando submitted applications for CDIA support in March and April 2014, respectively. Due to the proximity between cities, CDIA and both cities agreed that only one team of consultants will undertake the PFS.

Integrated wastewater management is considered to be high priority within the local government programs and these cities were in urgent need of infrastructure investment and technical assistance. The project aims to provide the cities with support in realizing their sanitation and public health targets by improving sanitation infrastructure and capacity in urban management; improving surface and ground water quality; and promoting private sector participation in the provision of urban services. The photo shows Dr. James Arthur, PFS Team Leader, discussing possible solutions to the Baguio Wastewater Treatment Plant’s current operational problems.

The PFS aims to ultimately prepare the proposed investment infrastructure for possible local or international downstream financing.

The Meeting officially started the PFS and ensured the cities’ committed counterpart contribution. It also assisted the consultants in settling in, especially in the initial liaison with relevant stakeholders, and discussed the next steps of the project — which will include preparation of the Inception Report; management and monitoring of PFS activities; continuous communication and collaboration with the city counterparts; and close coordination with government agencies involved such as the Department of Natural and Environmental
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