ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Safe drinking water will be available for the people of Tapaz town by December 2018.
This, after the contract of the P450-million Water Treatment Plant and Reticulation/Distribution System, was signed on May 28, by the municipal officials of Tapaz, Capiz, and representatives of Ocean Eagle Energy Philippines, Inc.
“Having safe drinking water has already been a long problem of Tapaz and we are very happy for this project that has no capital expenditure on the part of the municipality of Tapaz,’’ said Mayor Roberto Palomar.
The project was realized under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme which is aimed to address the needs of the Tapaznons and uplift their living condition in the area, he said.
The project will be implemented in phases until completion by December.
Palomar also said that while the town has set aside P1 million for the purchase of the project site, the investor shelled out P5 million worth of land for the establishment of the treatment plant.
Ocean Eagle president Gerald Cabrera explained their corporation specializes in small municipal water treatment plant.
Cabrera said they will be distributing potable water to the residents of Tapaz, both in the lowland and upland, including those in the neighboring towns.
He also assured the residents that they will have already safe water in their homes by Christmas.
The company likewise assured that they it will be producing safe water based on the Philippine national standard.
Cabrera said that in the first 25 years, the company will manage the operation.
“The entire improvement cost will go to the Tapaz local government after 25 years,” he stressed.
The contract signing was witnessed by the members of the Sangguniang Bayan, representatives from the academe, local government department heads and other stakeholders. (PIA)