2 more years for IDPs to have water in new homes PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 November 2015 12:00

By BHONG SIMBAJON

The long agony of Internally Dislaced Persons (IDPs) is not over yet pending the turnover of thousands of permanent housing units by December. This as  Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) revealed that the long delayed installation of permanent water pipelines on each and every constructed house under the Z3R Project will not be realized the soonest possible time.

In an interview with RMN Zamboanga, ZCWD Assistant General Manager and Technical Services Group head Engr. Arnulfo Alfonso said the water firm has not yet received the funds for that ambitious project which will cost millions of pesos for completion and to obtain a standard and better waterlines for the conflict-affected residents of the city.

Alfonso revealed that some P626 million in government funds was allocated for the Z3R project specifically for the comprehensive water system and sewerage treatment plant, however, out of the total amount, only P95 million was downloaded to the National Housing Authority for the re-installation of the assessed damaged existing pipelines of water district in five conflict-affected barangays — Mariki, Rio Hondo, Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina and portions of Kasanyangan.

He said the money is already in the possession of NHA for implementation and they are now in the process of Post Qualification Bidding for the award of thproject to the winning bidder for its immediate implementation. Water systems to be rehabilitated are the existing ones which were assessed previously by the inter-agency Assessment Committee formed by the local government right after the siege.

The remaining P527 million funds for the water system project was newly downloaded to the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA)  just recently wherein the said utility agency has recommended to pass on the implementation of such comprehensive water system project to the Zamboanga City Water District.

“It was only recently that we learned about the downloading of funds and LWUA has advised us to prepare and submit the necessary documents to them to facilitate as soon as possible the downloading of funds for the project,” Alfonso said.

Without glitches, the process is that after the downloading of necessary funds, ZCWD has to consider the period of 90 days for the proper bidding process, and another eighteen months of the process of implementation of such project which will take longer period to complete, due to the additional features of setting up two sewerage treatment plants within the conflict areas as well.

“If plans will not miscarry and if the funds are already with us, we estimated to complete the entire project for about 18-24 months, that is water in each and every household already in the conflict areas,” Alfonso said.

In the implementation of the P95 million water system project funds which was already bidded out by NHA, ZCWD’s role is only on technical aspect assistance for the contractor to follow the prescribed specifications.

Alfonso said the extensive water system project which will be implemented  by their office includes pipelines, concrete posts to anchor the waterlines, sewerage lines and the two sewerage treatment plants.  – Bhong Simbajon/RMN News