Developing countries in Asia face great challenges in fecal sludge management (FSM). Yet, governments hesitate to invest in it because user charges are not enough to recover costs. This video shows the benefits of improving city-wide FSM in Dumaguete, Philippines: besides cost savings from placing desludging fleets at convenient locations, the city has seen higher property values, improved tourism, more jobs, and better health and productivity. The video aims to convince policy makers that the resulting tax revenues can cover operation and maintenance and that FSM can, therefore, be sustainable.
In the “Development Partner Roundtable and Policy Dialogue Session on Sustainable Sanitation in Asia” organized by ADBI in Tokyo on 20-22 September 2018, this video was showcased for the first-time where decentralized, cost-effective, and innovative implementation measures were discussed among officials from international development agencies and governments from Asian countries to formulate effective policy measures which prioritize strategic investments in sanitation in developing Asia.