DESPITE LEGAL WOES: Bulk water supply project launched

BULK WATER (From left) Baciwa general manager Juliana Carbon (partly hidden) Bacolod City Councilor Em Ang, Baciwa directors Monadia Jardin and Dave Delfin, Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. chairman Ryan Yapkianwee and Councilor Bart Orola during the ceremonial cutting of ribbon to mark the inauguration of the Bacolod Bulk Water Project in Barangay Granada, Bacolod City, Oct. 12, 2017. (Dolly Yasa)

BACOLOD City – The Bacolod Bulk Water (BBW) project was inaugurated afternoon of Oct 12, 2017 and is set to supply 15,000 cubic meters of potable water to the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) despite legal impediments.

BACIWA board chairman Lorendo Dilag said they Thursday morning were being informed that a case against the BBW has been filed with the Government Owned and Control Corporations by a private citizen.

While he did not elaborate on the case, Dilag admitted that they almost decided to postpone the BBW inauguration.

But he said the need to supply consumers with water has become the primary consideration of the directors in pushing through with the inauguration.

He also stressed that BACIWA and the city government did not shell out a single centavo for the project, contrary to critics’ claims.

BBWI, a consortium led by Tubig Pilipinas Group, Inc., inaugurated the Ngalan Water treatment plant at Injection Point 1 to mark the start of the official operations.

It will supply an initial 15,000 cubic meters of potable water to BACIWA.

BBWI chairman Ryan T. Yapkianwee said the bulk water supply is enough for 75,000 residents and will increase water pressure and availability by as much as 20 hours per day in some areas of the city.

It will also allow BACIWA to expand its capacity in providing access to safe and potable water for underserved communities of Bacolod City.

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