Proposal for processing, potable water delivery in CdeO up for study

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 14 (PIA)-– Improved water supply and delivery in three barangays of Cagayan de Oro is in the offing.

Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy endorsed to the City Council committees on cooperatives and on public utilities chaired by Councilors Enrico Salcedo and Teodulfo E. Lao, respectively, for study, the intention to develop sources, process and deliver potable water to majority of the residents of Bulua, Iponan and part of Patag.

The non-inclusive proposal emanates from the Metro Cagayan de Oro Water Service (MCWS) Cooperative Federation. 

In a letter to the vice mayor, Engr. Neil Bryan G. Oraiz, president of the federation, said the proposal will not require any investment from the city as MCWS shall provide the necessary capital and technical expertise to deliver the proposed service.

The cooperative federation would initially invest P120 million to install the processing plant at Iponan River, and the necessary pipes to enable a level three system where residents, businesses and offices will be able to tap, MCWS said.

According to Oraiz, MCWS will also obtain the necessary permits from the National Water Resources Board (NWRB), and the environmental compliance certificate from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). 

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Oraiz said MCWS will develop, process and deliver potable water to the three barangays within 10 months after the issuance of the Resolution of No Objection and all the necessary permits with the offices of the MCWS as payment counters.

MCWS Coop will bill its customers P20.00 per cubic meter, based on the proposal.

He also said since the proposal is non-inclusive, the city government of Cagayan de Oro may entertain other proposals under a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with a private sector proponent or a similar non-inclusive one.

The ongoing water crisis in these areas in CdeO, has adversely affected water consumers in the Western Service Area due to repairs being conducted to the Rio Verde pipeline. 

This was after main submarine transmission line across the Cagayan de Oro River  was damaged by the series of earthquakes which rocked Mindanao. (CdeOSP)

Source: PIA Feed