City Interventions

Faecal Sludge Management in Tacloban City

Country: Philippines
City: Tacloban

CDIA SupportUS$ 450

Expected Downstream Financing$3 million (national government/private sector financing)

Infrastructure sectorsWastewater Management

CDIA priority impact areasClimate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Environmental Improvement; Good Governance; Poverty Reduction

Key Development Issues

Tacloban City is the commercial and financial center of the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. In 2013, the city was hit by Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon recorded in modern history which claimed at least 6,000 lives. The city has no wastewater collection and treatment infrastructure to serve its 250,000 residents. The combination of indiscriminate domestic sludge disposal and the lack of commercial wastewater treatment is polluting the five bays surrounding the city.

Details of Cooperation

The CDIA-supported project preparation study (PPS) assisted Tacloban City in reviewing its sanitation situation to establish the basis for longer-term sectoral planning and investment development. The PPS identified appropriate schemes for faecal sludge management in the city including treatment mechanisms for wastewater generated in the port area. Other key PPS activities included: review, assessment, and development of project financing options; determining domestic faecal sludge volumes and characteristics; preliminary design of faecal sludge treatment plant; preparation of tender documents for design-build (DB) or design-build-operate (DBO) schemes; and institutional capacity assessment and development of capacity development roadmap. In addition, CDIA assisted the city in exploring potential downstream financing including PPP with the support of PPP Center of the Philippines.

Expected Development Impacts

When fully operational, the faecal sludge management project will provide basic sanitation services to about 80,000 residents in the north Tacloban resettlement area to improve their health and well-being. In the long run, the project will contribute to the conservation and revitalization of water resources, particularly in Cancabato and Panalaron bays and build the resilience of Tacloban City against climate change and natural disasters.

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