Not long ago in the Philippines, only 13% of the population were connected to the sewerage systems. The rest of the population used septic tanks and pit latrines, with a few resorting to open defecation. The septic tanks were poorly designed and constructed and remained in sorry conditions. Informal settlers dumped their wastes along waterways because good sanitation facilities did not exist.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Thursday, October 3, 2013
The provision of sanitation services is one of the developmental challenges besetting emerging economies such as the Philippines and Malaysia. Based on the global trend in sanitation coverage, in 2011, the global coverage is estimated to be about 64%, which is off-track to the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) sanitation target of 75%. If such trend continues to persist, missing the target would translate to more than a half a billion people without access to sanitation.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Managing water and energy in silos
Challenges over water, food, and energy security crops up, as governments all over the globe deal with rapid urbanization and population growth. Each challenge encountered brings varying degrees of intensity and complexity.
The demands to attain economic growth put considerable stress on managing resources and have brought forth initiatives that have no long-term sustainability. The situation worsens with climate change that making the right interventions becomes a very daunting task.