Water system project for Zamboanga siege victims starts

LAYING of pipes for the water system project in areas affected by the 2013 siege in Zamboanga City has commenced first week of May.

Undertaken by a private contractor under the supervision of the Zamboanga City Water District and the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), the project is worth P95 million and will cover the villages of Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Kasanyangan, Rio Hondo and Mariki.

Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) chief, said the contractor started the water pipe laying May 4 and as of May 15, there are already 13 pipes installed in Ayer Village in Sta. Barbara.

Apolinario said the pipe laying forms part of the P291.032 million water and sewer system with pipe support and the P189.991 million sewerage treatment plant that broke ground last March 8.

Apolinario said the water and sewer system project is awarded to Verzontal Builders Inc. and involves water supply and sewer pipe laying, construction of booster station and installation of service connections.

He said it will cover the villages of Mariki, Rio Hondo and Kasanyangan. The project is expected to be completed in April 2020.

He said the sewerage treatment plant project, on the other hand, is awarded to Mactan Rock Industries Company and involves the procurement for the design, build and testing of 1,500 and 2,000 cubic meter per day sewage treatment plants.

He said the construction is expected to be completed in May 2020.

Apolinario said the project fund in the amount of P527 million was downloaded from the national government to LWUA in 2015 but implementation of the project was delayed due to several failed biddings. (SunStar Philippines)


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