Celso lauds ZCWD’s enhance program PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 September 2015 14:44

by Jubels Santos

 

District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat said he is glad with the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) continuing enhancement program that improved its facilities and brought the benefit of potable water outside its service area and to more rural communities.

Lobregat spoke at the blessing and inauguration ceremony on Friday, Sept 11 of the ZCWD’s Pasobolong Well-2 and the Asphalt Batching Plant in Mercedes.

Fr. Adriano Ruiz, Mercedes parish priest, officiated at the blessing of the facilities while Congressman Lobregat led in the ribbon-cutting together with District 2 Congresswoman Lilia Nuno, and  ZCWD Board of Directors led by Board Chairman Engr. Efren Aranez, General Manager Leonardo Rey Vasquez, Mercedes Punong Barangay Purificacion Delgado, Pasobolong Punong Barangay Rommel Francisco, and other city and barangay officials and residents in the area.

GM Vasquez said the Pasobolong Well-2 has been operational for quite some time except that they have recently introduced improvements like the fencing of the perimeter, providing an office space for the ones operating the facility, and the installation of a power generator.

On the other hand, Vasquez said the construction of the Asphalt Batching Plant was intended to enable the Water District to facilitate or speed up the restoration works in areas where road diggings are undertaken by the system.

Lobregat, in acknowledging the effort of the Water District, recalled that it was as early as during the incumbency of the late City Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat the city government started infusing funds to support the expansion of the city’s water service and improvement of existing waterworks systems outside the ZCWD’s service area. One such system existing at that time was the Ayala Waterworks which was eventually placed under ZCWD management.

While in Congress, Lobregat said he pursued the advocacy of  Ma’am Caling by supporting the ZCWD in expanding its services to the rural communities which made available potable water to the barangays of Labuan, Recodo, Cawit and Sinunuc.

And, later as the city’s chief executive and with the support of the Sangguniang Panlungsod,  Lobregat said he entered into a partnership with the ZCWD in which the city government supplied the pipe requirements as its counterpart for the establishment of the water systems in Labuan, Vitali, Sangali, Tolosa, Lanzones, and Guisao.

In the establishment of the barangay water systems, Lobregat said it is his policy that such facilities are placed under the control and management of the Water District which has the expertise such as the technical know-how in managing and operating the same.

Lobregat said the city government had spent some Php 400-million under the City Government-ZCWD joint venture agreement. — Jubels Santos