ZCWD, LWUA initiate talks to discuss priority water utility projects PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:47

Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) Administrator Andres F. Ibarra and Senior Deputy Administrator Edgardo C. Demayo were in the city on July 11, 2014, for a visit to initiate discussions with the  Board, management and officials of the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) regarding the 1) Proposed 1 Billion Peso Loan with Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to finance the installation of  700mm pipes covering the 23-kilometer stretch from Pamucutan in the west coast to the city proper, 2) Plans regarding Conflict Area Rehabilitation which shall include the restoration and/or replacement of water lines and water service connections, as well as the installation of sewer and sewage treatment plant also in the area in light of the Build Back Better Zamboanga declaration of the City Government which aims to establish a better community for all affected families who were displaced and affected by the September 9 Zamboanga siege last year, and the 3) ZCWD-Prime Water Bulk Water Supply and Purchase Agreement.

A highlight of the visit was the drive through the conflict area reminiscent of the Zamboanga standoff of September 9, 2013 where a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), under the leadership of Nur Misuari, seized hostages in an attempt to raise the flag of the self-proclaimed Bangsamoro Republic.

This was aimed to increase Administrator Ibarra’s interest on the importance of rebuilding the conflict area  into a better community with 24/7 supply of potable water considering that LWUA serves as DPWH’s conduit in undertaking the provision of water and sanitation facilities in the area.

Likewise, LWUA Administrator Ibarra led in administering the oath to AGMs Arnulfo A. Alfonso and Ambali A. Taola of the ZCWD. —  Montee E. Domingo, OIC-PRO