COA audits water district for P288-M UV rays machines

PAMPANGA. City Councilors Jay Sangil and Alfie Bonifacio shake hand with Angeles City Water District general manager Reynaldo Liwanag during a recent committee hearing at the City Council. (Reynaldo G. Navales)

THE Commission on Audit (COA) has started auditing the Angeles City Water District (ACWD) in connection with the acquisition and installation of ultra violet (UV) rays water disinfectant systems worth P288 million in several pumping stations.

This after Councilors Jesus Sangil and Alfie Bonifacio asked the agency to conduct an inquiry on the alleged irregularity in the procurement of the water disinfection machines.

With the help of informants, Sangil said he and Bonifacio had established which of the more than 60 pumping stations are now equipped with UV rays machines.

Sangil and Bonifacio, chairpersons of the council committees on public works and engineering and public utilities, respectively, said at least P30 million was spent in the installation of two UV rays at the central pumping station.

Sangil said COA is conducting an audit to ACWD following reports of alleged overpricing of the UV rays machine and the bulk water contract of the water district.

According to the city councilor, sources bared that ACWD purchased three Bauer sets worth P24 million for three pumping stations in Barangays Capaya, Sapa Libutad and Northville Cutud.

"Purchase of UV rays machine around P8 million each and Bauer amounting to P8 million per unit are still ongoing to complete the installation in all 61 pumping stations," Sangil said, citing reports gathered.

According to Sangil and Bonifacio, the water district put up one unit size four in feeders station at Villa Belen Home Site in Barangay Sto. Cristo worth P7 million and Anunas size four worth P7 million.

Another 23 units of UV rays machines, reportedly "purchased by contract," were installed at Barangay Sapang Bato, Town and Country, St. Ignatius, Pandan; Mabini, Lourdes Northwest, Bagong Bayan, Pampang, St. Vincent, Robinsons Place, Rosewood Subdivision, Margot, Little Baguio, Metrogate 1, Metrogate 2, Marquee, Magalang Avenue, Mc Arthur highway (Marisol), City Hall, Sapalibutad, Punta Verde, and Northville Cutud, the councilors said.

ACWD general manager Reynaldo Liwanag confirmed the ongoing COA audit but said that all of the deals and acquisition of equipment are above board and passed legal procedures.

"Okay mu, ala na kami man sasalikut keni. It is okay, we are not hiding something here," Liwanag said.

He also clarified that the UV rays machines are used to disinfect the water supply while the Bauer sets filter iron and manganese which cause water discoloration and odor.

Liwanag said the water district management install these machines to produce safe and potable water for the consumers in the city.


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