ANGELES CITY – The Marquee Mall on Tuesday gave its reaction after the city environment and natural resources office (CENRO) caught its contractor illegally siphoning and disposing its septic tank wastes in Cutud Creek. The statement reads:
“This is in relation to the article “Illegal sewage collectors, dumpers nabbed in AC” published in Punto last February 4, 2022.
MarQuee Mall has coordinated with both CENRO and Manila Water Philippine Ventures (MWPV) — in charge of the operatorship and maintenance of MarQuee Mall’s Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) — to address and resolve this concern.
The safety of the environment and compliance to regulations are our top priorities. Let us all work together in protecting our environment and keeping our community safe!
We thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. Please feel free to contact me should there be concerns pertaining to MarQuee Mall so we can help address these.
I have also given your number to Manila Water in case they would like to reach out to Punto. You may also contact their representative, Engr. Johannes Paulus Costales…”
The statement was signed by Trisha Narciso-Dungca, marketing manager of the mall.
It can be recalled that on Jan. 21, a composite team led by the CENRO has apprehended eight persons and impounded two trucks used in the illegal siphoning of septic wastes at the Marquee Mall and illegally disposing it at the nearby Cutud Creek.
In his report to the sangguniang panlungsod on Jan. 24, CENRO chief Archimedes M. Lazatin identified the siphoning service providers as Bulacan based JRRX Plumbing and Vintaan Plumbing Services.
Lazatin said they received an anonymous text message informing them that illegal siphoning of septic wastes was going on at Marquee Mall. They conducted an operation with a composite monitoring, inspection and enforcement team composed of the Angeles City Police Office Station 2 on Jan. 21 and at 9 p.m. were able to apprehend the violators.
They were charge for violation of City Ordinance Nos. 596 and 565. Lazatin said the drivers of the trucks admitted that the septic wastes collected were discharged and disposed at the Cutud Creek.
Lazatin said JRRX was already apprehended earlier in 2019 at Bulacan Street Mountain View Subdivision and in 2021 at Hadrian Street also in the same subdivision and again on Jan. 21.
It was learned that the STP contractor of Marquee Mall is Manila Water Joint Services which is in charge of maintaining it.
Lazatin said what was deplorable was the fact that the septic wastes were disposed at the Cutud Creek.
The impounded trucks could not be easily ascertained as septic wastes collector because they look like ordinary delivery trucks which were fully covered. But upon closer inspection and once the truck doors were opened, they were equipped with pump motors and industrial hoses and large receptacles for septic wastes.