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Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks Construction of Pilot Plant for EcoSep Project

The project site groundbreaking ceremony for the TECHNICOM-funded project “Pilot Plant for the Production of Organo Mineral Products for Effective Waste Water Treatment and Septic System Management” held on June 22, 2016 at Brgy. Bagbag, Tanauan City, Batangas signaled the establishment of the pilot plant facility for the production of Vigormin product.

The facility will be constructed in a 1.3-ha land and once completed will produce a capacity of 4 metric ton per day of Vigormin. Vigormin is a white powder mixture of organo minerals that is effective in degrading organic pollutants and absorbing heavy metals. The product, when mixed with water, can be used to neutralize strong wastewater or septic odor and decompose rotten odor from organic waste in landfills and material recovery facilities.

In a message read during the program on behalf of Tanauan City Mayor Antonio C. Halili, the representative, Mr. Cesar Carandang, welcomed everyone and stressed his appreciation of the efforts of the academe and the government to provide solutions to environmental problems. He also emphasized the importance of collaborative partnership among the public, private and academe.

Rev. Fr. Rafael K. Eloriaga, vice-President for Finance of Adamson University; Mr. Santiago S. Lim, owner of Strawberry Foods Corporation; and key persons from the Batangas local government also gave inspirational and response messages. The project leader, Dr. Merlinda A. Palencia, provided the rationale of the project. As TECHNICOM Program Director, Engr. Edgar I. Garcia delivered a message on the support provided by TAPI to universities such as Adamson University. Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara, DOST Undersecretary for S&T Services, gave her keynote message focusing on the conception of the EcoSep project, its application in Leyte and its importance in environmental health.

Also present during the event were Ms. Russel Pili and Ms. Liezl Sueno from PCIEERD; Ms. Rocalyn Gayagay from TAPI; Mrs. Angely D. Lim of Strawberry Foods Corporation; and representatives from Envirokonsult, LGU Tanauan City and Brgy. Bagbag, and Envigor Manufacturing. (Rocalyn C. Gayagay)