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Filinvest City invests in high-tech water solutions

Filinvest City invests in high-tech water solutions


Partnering for sustainable water projects. In the photo, seated from L-R, FDCWUI President & CEO Johnny Roxas, FDC Vice Chair Josephine Gotianun Yap, FAI President & COO Catherine Ilagan, Hitachi Ltd. GM of Envi. Sol. Div. Okito Kakudo, and Hitachi Asia Ltd. COO Tang Chay Wee. Standing from L-R, PMI’s Chief Investment Officer Jan Michael Lim and President Alfredo Comendador Jr., ASCOF’s Design Manager Allan Villanueva and Project Manager Ricky De Castro, FLOW’s BD and Marketing AVP Sundy Bergado and CTO Tatsuya Sasuga, Hitachi Asia Ltd. Philippine Branch GM Hiroshi Katagiri and FLOW’s Engineering and Projects AVP Alfred Ables.


17 October 2023, Alabang, Muntinlupa – Filinvest City, together with its partners FDC Water Utilities Inc. and Hitachi Ltd, will soon begin the construction of a state-of-the-art water recycling facility and upgraded sewage treatment plant (STP) that promises to innovate urban water management in the Alabang business district. This reflects the Filinvest Group’s commitment to sustainability through the implementation of efficient and technology-driven water operations across all of its developments.

“We aim to make Filinvest City the first sustainable and smart central business district in the Philippines. By implementing advanced technologies and solutions to treat wastewater, we are moving towards a future where local ecosystems are protected and our ecological footprint is reduced,” said Filinvest Development Corporation (FDC) Vice Chairperson Josephine Gotianun Yap during the construction commencement ceremony held recently.

FDC Water Utilities, Inc. (FDCWUI), a subsidiary of FDC Utilities, Inc., will lead in developing the project that is set to begin in December this year and is expected to be completed by March 2026.

“This project will revolutionize how Filinvest approaches wastewater treatment and water production. Its seamless integration of sewage treatment and production of high-quality recycled water technologies sets a new standard for environmentally responsible development. Only two other projects in the country implement similar processes, but none on this scale,” said Juan Eugenio L. Roxas, President and CEO of FDWUI.

Rendered image of upgraded STP and new Water Reuse Project of Filinvest City in Alabang, Muntinlupa.

Hitachi Ltd is the project’s technical partner, one of Japan’s largest and most influential corporations spanning sectors such as IT, telecom, power, infrastructure, and industry. Together with Filinvest, Hitachi aims to focus on social and sustainable innovations through data and technology.

“Our advanced water treatment technology, combined with digital solutions, is designed not only to improve water quality but also to enable remote plant monitoring and streamline operations. We are honored to work with Filinvest as we address the pressing issue of water shortages in the Philippines and promote water sustainability together,” said Okito Kakudo, General Manager of Hitachi Ltd.’s Environmental Solution Division, Water and Environment Business Unit.

The upgraded STP will be capable of processing up to 15 million liters of wastewater daily. It will utilize Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) technology for biological nutrient removal, which complies with the stricter regulations on nitrogen and phosphorus removal in the country that cannot be effectively removed by the conventional activated sludge method.

Meanwhile, the new water reuse facility is designed to efficiently produce high-quality recycled water for household use. Capable of producing a capacity of at least 10.5 million liters per day, the facility utilizes a combination of Brackish Water Reverse Osmosis (BWRO) and Advanced Oxidation for its water production.

The initiative will reduce the environmental footprint of Filinvest City and effectively mitigate pollution in waterways. Moreover, the water produced by the reuse facility will be available to local businesses and residents, conserving valuable freshwater sources and ensuring a more reliable supply of clean water.

Filinvest City has been a shining example of innovation, sustainability, and progress for the past 30 years – a self-sufficient community that aims to be a benchmark for smart cities in the Philippines.