Research on Low-cost and Low-tech Wastewater and Night Soil Management Systems in the Philippines

Kitakyushu Initiative Research
March 2009

To ensure that the objectives of the research are being achieved, activities in selected cities in the Philippines are to be monitored. At the core of this is the development of a Study on Low-Cost and Low-Tech Wastewater and Night Soil Management Systems in the Philippines.

The main objective of the research study is to conduct an in-depth analysis of low-cost and low-tech wastewater and night soil treatment systems in the Philippines through: a) examining the key features/components of the projects, b) identifying and analyzing how the projects were implemented, c) identifying and analyzing success factors for implementation and, d) drawing lessons from the experiences and to recommend replicable components or measures to other cities.

In doing so, the research results are expected to enhance the replication of successful wastewater and night soil management system models in other cities in Asia and the Pacific region and thereby contribute to the improvement of surface waster quality in cities and the urban environment as a whole.

Research subjects are country projects/case studies of (a) the Local Initiatives for Affordable Wastewater Treatment (LINAW) and Philippine Sanitation Alliance (PSA) ; (b) the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-GTZ Water and Sanitation Program; (c) a non-government organization – Center for Advanced Philippine Studies (CAPS); (d) an academe and community partnership between Xavier University and Cagayan de Oro City government; and (e) a community-based organization initiative of WAND Foundation.