THE Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) said the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was instrumental in helping them realize its ongoing joint venture (JV) negotiations with Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) for a water distribution project.
MIWD General Manager Imelda Magsuci said that under the Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project, USAID provided consultancy service to assist the water district in forging an agreement with the private company.
The distribution project covers the rehabilitation and expansion of lines, pipe laying projects, as well as reduction of water loss or non-revenue water (NRW).
“They helped us in our vulnerability assessment and business plan. They sent lawyers and engineers for technical advisory services. The result will be indirect but we are able to successfully settle the assessment because of their assistance,” Magsuci said.
Amarylis Josephine Castro, MIWD spokesperson for JV projects, said USAID helped them evaluate MPIC’s proposal to manage the water and sanitation requirements of the entire MIWD service area through a joint venture project.
Elisea G. Gozun, USAID Be Secure’s Climate Resiliency team leader said they were able to assist MIWD in understanding the climate impact to the water of Iloilo.
“We assisted them in doing the vulnerability assessment which led them to identify those needed to be incorporated in the business plan of MIWD. We also helped them do an emergency response plan and understand water demand management. There is more push for public-private partnership for water system,” she said.
USAID’s four-year Be Secure Project in Iloilo City and Province is ending in July 7, 2017.
During the close out program on Mar. 10, 2017 at Seda-Atria Hotel Iloilo, USAID recognized its partners in carrying out its advocacy for water security, sanitation and climate resilience.