Coron, El Nido counter per­ils of tourist boom with Vig­ormin

Palawan News - - PROVINCE -

In a bid to avoid the waste­water predica­ment of Bo­ra­cay from hap­pen­ing in their beaches, lo­cal es­tab­lish­ments in the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Coron and El Nido in Palawan have al­ready adopted an eco-friendly so­lu­tion to the press­ing de­mand for ef­fec­tive sep­tic wa­ter treat­ment. Vig­ormin is an odor­less, white pow­der com­posed of var­i­ous organo-min­er­als that have the ca­pa­bil­ity to neu­tral­ize the poignant odor as well as the mucky color in wastew­a­ters or sep­tic wa­ters. It is de­vel­oped by Dr. Mer­linda Pa­len­cia, a Chem­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing (ChE) pro­fes­sor from Adam­son Univer­sity, un­der the aus­pices of the Depart­ment of Science and Tech­nol­ogy Philip­pine Coun­cil for In­dus­try, En­ergy and Emerg­ing Tech­nol­ogy Re­search and De­vel­op­ment (DOST-PCIEERD). Notably, its ef­fi­cacy was tested and proven in Palo, Leyte, one of the Yolanda-stricken ar­eas, wherein sev­eral tem­po­rary shel­ters had un­treated sep­tic wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties. Due to its suc­cess, DOST has been at­tempt­ing to repli­cate Vig­ormin ap­pli­ca­tion es­pe­cially to the hottest tourist des­ti­na­tions in the coun­try in­clud­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Coron and El Nido. Dur­ing the Science, Tech- nol­ogy, and In­no­va­tion (STI) Road­shows con­ducted by the DOST-MIMAROPA in Coron and El Nido, Dr. Pa­len­cia in­tro­duced the Vig­ormin to in­vited lo­cal own­ers of ho­tel and ac­com­mo­da­tion es­tab­lish­ments as well as to rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the sec­tor of man­u­fac­tur­ing and trans­port. As of now, nine­teen (19) tourism es­tab­lish­ments in Coron while ten (10) tourism es­tab­lish­ments from El Nido are cur­rently us­ing Vig­ormin for sep­tic wa­ter treat­ment notably the Coron Soleil Gar­den Re­sort, a four-star ho­tel lo­cated at the foot in Mt. Tapyas. Carla Luneta, the ho­tel’s man­ager, re­vealed that they had been re­ceiv­ing com­plaints from the nearby res­i­dents due to the ab­hor­rent reek from the waste­water dis­charge of their fa­cil­i­ties. How­ever, with Vig­ormin, they ob­served sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in the qual­ity of their waste­water that en­abled them to pass DENR ac­cred­i­ta­tions. In an ef­fort to pur­sue green op­er­a­tions ini­tia­tives, Coron Gar­den Ho­tel Re­sort is also con­struct­ing an Eco-friendly Sep­tic Tank Sys­tem or Eco-sep, un­der the guid­ance of Pa­len­cia, to fur­ther make their waste­water treat­ment more ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able.

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