Approval of the Solid Waste Management Coordination Mechanism

The Solid Waste Management Coordination Mechanism sets out the institutional-organizational arrangements required for solid waste management in Binh Dinh province including arrangements mainly for the provincial and district levels.

The assignment leading up to the Coordination Mechanism was implemented from February to March 2012 and had three phases: a consultation phase, a consolidation phase and final phase that outlined the final coordination mechanism and next steps.

Consultations were conducted with stakeholders at provincial and district levels. Two consultation workshops were conducted on the 7th March and 30th March 2012. Feedback from the consultations and workshops were used to revise the coordination mechanism and outline next steps and capacity needs.

In July 2012, a workshop was organized in addition to previous workshops, in order to extend the geographical coverage of the coordination mechanism for domestic solid waste management to the whole province.

With the Coordination Mechanism approved, the district of Phu My – Tay Son – Hoai Nhon and the provincial town of An Nhon have started translating this document to the district level. The have set-up Steering Committees  and they have also drafted Operation Manuals that allow for the implementation of the Solid Waste Management plans. The four project partners are now in the final stages of preparing their Management Models that will allow to provide solid waste services.     

Link to the approved Coordination Mechanism

7th Project Steering Committee Meeting

On 20 March 2013, the 7th Project Steering Committee (PSC) took place in Quy Nhon City. During the meeting the PPMU presented their progress report and the disbursement progress during the 2nd semester of 2012, as well as the activity and financial plan for the 1st semester of 2013. In addition, the PPMU presented challenges, difficulties and important issues on which the PSC members had to decide. The presentation was followed by an exchange of ideas with the different project stakeholders on how best to move forward.

The Project Steering Committee meeting took place at the Provincial People’s Committee office in Quy Nhon on 20 March 2013. The chairman of the meeting was Mrs. Tran Thi Thu Ha, Vice Chairperson of Binh Dinh PPC.  A delegation from BTC Hanoi flew in for the occasion, including BTC Resident Representative Mr. Pierre Dulieu and Program Officer Mrs. Cap Thi Van Anh. Other members of the meeting included the director of the project, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hai, other PPMU members, representatives from several provincial and district departments, such as PPC, DARD, pCERWASS, DoC, DoF, etc, as well as the DPC’s chairpersons from the partner districts of the project.

PSC 7 - March 2013

During the meeting, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hai, presented the progress of the past six months, the activity and financial plans of the coming semester, as well as the challenges met and requested the PSC’s decision or approval on several important issues in the project. After the presentation, several attendees provided the PPMU with relevant and useful comments on different topics related to the report. The meeting was considered successful, as it gave the opportunity to all stakeholders to exchange ideas on the project and its future progress and for the PSC make some important decisions. The meeting concluded with the approval of the progress report of the PPMU, the project’s new action plan and budget for the 1st semester of 2012, the annual report of the project for 2012 and the new Capacity Development Strategy and budgeted Activity Plan of the project.

The final PSC 6 report and the minutes of the meeting will soon be available online.

Phu Cat Water Supply Acceptance Meeting

On 19 March 2013, a meeting was held at the newly completed Booster Pumping Station of the Phu Cat-Tuy Phuoc Rural Water Supply system. The event marked the preliminary acceptance of an important construction package. This is a key milestone in the completion of the Phu Cat-Tuy Phuoc Rural Water Supply component of the WSSP project.

Representatives of BTC Hanoi, the construction contractor, the construction supervisor, the PPMU, pCERWASS and the beneficiary communes were present at the meeting. The contractor, the supervisor and pCERWASS, as project owner, gave presentations on the contractor’s performance and the district stakeholders praised the good progress of the construction. The exchange of views was good and all stakeholders were pleased with the progress of the Water Supply component of the project. All parties accepted the completed works and the contractor handed over the booster pumping station to the project owner.

Acceptance Meeting - March 2013

Overall, the construction of the Phu Cat -Tuy Phuoc Rural Water Supply System has now been completed at over 90%. Eleven packages comprising of all the pipeline networks for  the 7 communes – and reaching almost 85,000 people in the coastal area of Binh Dinh province – the transmission pipeline, the electrical power line and the booster pumping station have already been completed. Only the package for the construction of the 4 water wells, the water treatment plant and the primary pumping station, which has a longer implementation period, is still ongoing. The project is also still awaiting for electro-mechanical equipment, the awarding of which was delayed.

Barring any delays with the unfinished part of the works, the Phu Cat-Tuy Phuoc Rural Water Supply System will be put into operation as of July 2013. During the first year of distribution, pCERWASS expects to connect about 2,400 households to the system, out of about 14,000 beneficiary households in total.  The capacity of the system is 5,600m3/day and it is expected that all beneficiary households will be connected by 2018. In addition, it was also agreed that the existing water supply scheme in nearby Phuoc Quang commune, which does not meet the MoH’s regulations, will be stopped and the clean water distribution network for this area will also be connected to the Phu Cat-Tuy Phuoc Rural Water Supply system.

Workshop on the Phu Cat-Tuy Phuoc Rural Water Supply Management Model

On Friday 1 February 2013, a workshop was held by the consultant team, Mr. Ninh Nguyen Dinh and Mr. Nguyen Cong Thanh, with representatives from the different stakeholders involved. This workshop was organized to present and discuss the Rural Water Supply Management Model as proposed by pCERWASS for the Phu Cat-Tuy Phuoc Rural Water Supply system, built by them under the WSSP project.

During the workshop, pCERWASS, the WSSP’s partner for Rural Water Supply , presented the model it prepared for managing, operating and maintaining the water plant and distribution network and for delivering the service to the water users. pCERWASS proposed  a participatory management model, involving the communities in the management of the water supply service. The model helps the managers and operators to know more about the system and how they can mitigate, eliminate and prevent pollution during the water supply process, as well as control the risks to human health during the process of water distribution from the water production plant up to consumer’s tap.

pCERWASS’s presentation was followed by the presentation of the consultant’s report on the Peer Review of the proposed model.

RWS Workshop - Feb 2013

Mr. Ninh Nguyen Dinh and Mr. Nguyen Cong Thanh had analyzed the model and found that the Phu Cat-Tuy Phuoc management and operation model prepared by pCERWASS is consistent with the current legal system (from central to provincial levels) as well as the practices in the field of rural water supply. The consultants set out the recommendations they had for improving the model, namely regarding the financial mechanism and the setting-up of the household connections.

The participants to the workshops had the opportunity to discuss and give their ideas on the outline of the Management Model and the peer review. The participants included representatives of Phu Cat and Tuy Phuoc districts, as well as representatives of the beneficiary communes. Representatives of DoF, PPC and PPMU also took part in the exchange workshop.

When ready, pCERWASS will send the management model for the Phu Cat-Tuy Phuoc Rural Water Supply to the DARD for its approval, who in turn will ask PPC to issue the decision on transfer of ownership of the infrastructure to pCERWASS and instruct pCERWASS to apply the approved model in operating the service.

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Advance Notice to attract bidders specialised in Solid Waste Management

Currently, the PPMU is preparing a competitive quotation under Vietnamese Bidding Law for ‘A consultant team that will assist the districts/towns of Hoai Nhon – Phu My – Tay Son – An Nhon in preparing the management model for their District/Town Solid Waste Management Plans and to review the model for the Hoai Nhon – Phu My – Tay Son – An Nhon Solid Waste Management Scheme in Binh Dinh Province’.

This is an advance notice: consultants are requested to express their interest and follow-up on the actual publication. The competitive quotation will be carried out in the period from December 2012 to January 2013.

Read the Terms of Reference here…

Start of the Awareness Raising Activities in the Districts

In October-November 2012, several Awareness Raising Activities are being conducted in the targeted project areas. These activities are focused on either solid waste management (Hoai Nhon, Phu My, Tay Son, An Nhon ) or the importance of using clean water (Phu Cat and Tuy Phuoc). The activities follow the trainings provided by PPMU on this topic in July-August 2012.

More detailed, the purpose of these activities is to improve knowledge and perception of the communities about water use, water resource protection and the importance of solid waste reduction, collection, treatment and recycling. As a consequence, people will start bearing their responsibility and show appropriate behaviour towards economic and clean water use and solid waste treatment.

These activities target District People’s Committees, Commune People’s Committees, Women Unions (at all levels), local residents and primary & secondary schools. Examples of organised activities are, amongst others:

  • For schools: school theaters, tests, salute-the-flag messages, games, etc.
  • For villages & hamlets: regular meetings, women union activities, etc
School Theater in Phu My District

School Theater in Phu My District

Video: Workshops & Trainings on Awareness Raising

In July and August 2012, the PPMU organised eight workshops and trainings in Quy Nhon City to improve the knowledge, perception and communication skills of the participants on the topics of solid waste management and clean water.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

The PPMU is looking for specialists in Rural Water Supply for Binh Dinh Province

The ‘Water Supply & Sanitation Program in Binh Dinh Province’ (WSSP) is looking for specialized consultants (individuals, groups of individuals, organisations or joint ventures) who are qualified in Rural Water Supply (RWS) topics and who can supply high quality services in the relevant fields. 

The number of experts proposed and their specialisation are up to the discretion of the bidder. However, the suggestion of the Provincial Project Management Unit (PPMU) of WSSP is that two experts are proposed as follows: preferably one expert will verify the legal and administrative framework of the proposed management model and the other one will evaluate its practical aspects, such as the implementation modalities, as well as practical provisions for the day to day management of the service.

  • The first expert will verify whether the model for Management, Operation and Maintenance of the Phu Cat – Tuy Phuoc RWS Scheme fits within the existing legal and administrative framework for RWS in Vietnam (from national to provincial level).
  • The second expert will verify whether the model for Management, Operation and Maintenance of the Phu Cat – Tuy Phuoc RWS Scheme is practical in its day to day application, will be easily manageable and is likely to deliver the expected results.

The peer review by the consultants should result in recommendations to the project and to pCERWASS on whether changes in the management model are considered necessary in order to make it either more easily manageable or better adapted to the real situation in the field.

The request of interest for this consultancy service can be downloaded here.

Tentative starting date of the assignment is 1 October 2012, for a period of 30 days. Profiles of interest should be sent to the address below as latest on 20 September 2012.

  •  Project Management Unit: Water Supply & Sanitation Programme
  • Address: 35 Le Loi, Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh Province
  • Tel: 0563820562, Fax: 0563820791

Project Steering Committee 6

On 14 August 2012, the 6th Project Steering Committee (PSC) took place in Quy Nhon City. During the meeting the PPMU presented their report, including the progress of the project since PSC 5, the disbursement progress and the activity & financial plan for the 2nd semester of 2012. In addition, the PPMU presented challenges, difficulties and important issues on which the PSC members had to decide. After the presentations, members of the PSC 6 gave ideas about the conducted work, exchanged ideas on how to move forward and made decisions on several urgent issues.

This time, the Project Steering Committee took place in Hoang Gia Resort on 14 August 2012 from 8am until 11.30pm. The chairman of the meeting was Mr. Mai Thanh Thang, Vice Director of Binh Dinh PPC. The new director of the project, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hai, attended the PSC Meeting for the first time and a delegation from BTC Hanoi was also present, including BTC Resident Representative Mr. Pierre Dulieu and Program Officer Mme Van Anh. Other members of the meeting included representatives from several provincial and district departments, such as PPC, DARD, pCERWASS, DoC, DoF, etc, as well as the DPC’s chairpersons from the partner districts of the project.

During the meeting, Mr. Tran Dinh Luan, presented the progress of the past six months and the activity & financial plans of the coming semester. In general, the project activities had progressed rather well and in agreement with the expected plan of the fifth PSC. Good progress was reported on each of the four project results:

  1. Building the capacity of the related agencies;
  2. Raising the awareness on the use of safe drinking water as well as on the importance of protecting the environment;
  3. Constructing rural water systems in 2 districts: Phu Cat and Tuy Phuoc, and rehabilitating Hoc Mon dam, its spillway and the related irrigation canals;
  4. Implementing solid waste treatment schemes in 4 districts: An Nhon, Hoai Nhon, Tay Son and Phu My with efficient operation & maintenance modalities.

After the presentation, several members of the PSC 6 provided the PPMU with relevant and useful comments on different topics related to the report. The meeting was considered succesful, as it gave the opportunity to all related agencies to exchange ideas on the progress & future planning of the project and how to continue the work. The PPMU noted down these comments and is currently revising the final report to answer to the comments.

The final PSC 6 report and the minutes of the meeting will soon be available online.

Mr. Pierre Dulieu - Mr. Mai Thanh Thang - Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hai

Mr. Pierre Dulieu – Mr. Mai Thanh Thang – Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hai