Council backs Lobregat’s impounding dam House bill PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 July 2016 15:20

By DEXTER YAP

The members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod have voted unanimously for full support to the proposed huge impounding dam project being pushed by District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat in Congress to reinforce the project proposal of the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD).

By motion of Councilor Charlie Mariano which was seconded by all the members present, the proponent explained the dire necessity of Zamboanga city to materialize such project as the water firm experiences waning water supply from natural sources to meet the increasing water demand in the city.

Mariano said the growing demand aggravates the present water crisis the city is facing. With an impounding dam, ZCWD will have more than enough water supply from its natural sources to be delivered to concessionaires year round.

“I move that we strongly support the representation being made in congress by Congressman Lobregat,” Mariano said.

Lobregat has filed House Resolution No. 10 - RESOLUTION URGING THE NATIONAL ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY TO SUPPORT THE PROPOSED ZAMBOANGA CITY IMPOUNDING DAM PROJECT AND TO INCLUDE IT IN THE PRIORITY PROJECT LISTING OF THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT  on June 30,2016 forming part of his priority bills in the opening of the 17th Congress.

“We need everybody’s support in this project, we need this and this is a priority for our constituents considering the scarcity in the supply of potable water here in our city,” Lobregat said.

To recall, in the maiden session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod last July 19, Lobregat officially requested the members of the city council to take immediate and appropriate action on House Bill No.10.

House Resolution No.10 was filed by Lobregat urging the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to support the proposed Zamboanga City Impounding Dam Project and to include it in the priority project listing of the National Government.

The solon explained that this resolution is the result of the undersigned’s participation in the Kickoff Meeting and Official Launching of the Pre-Feasibility Study for the Proposed Impounding Dam in Zamboanga City, his manifestation that he would file a resolution in Congress for the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to include the Zamboanga Water Impounding Dam in list of priority projects of the National Government.

In relation to Lobregat’s manifestation, on  June 16, 2016, Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) Chairman Edwin M. Caliolio forwarded to Congressman Lobregat the duly approved ZCWD Board Resolution No. 085 series of 2016 dated June 15, 2016 – A RESOLUTION SEEKING THE INTERCESSION OF 1ST DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE CELSO L. LOBREGAT AND REQUESTING HIS HONOR TO SPONSOR A RESOLUTION IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO INCLUDE THE PROPOSED IMPOUNDING DAM PROJECT IN THE CITY OF ZAMBOANGA AS PART OF THE LIST OF PRIORITY PROJECTS OF THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT.

Thru Board Resolution the ZCWD Board of Directors agrees with Lobregat for recognizing the urgent necessity of Zamboanga in terms of water, energy and agriculture which is also inclined to the present thrusts of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration which he mentioned in his first SONA last Monday. The ZCWD Board further agrees that there is also a need for the national government as is the usual case, to spearhead its realization considering the need for more funding and resources, as well as the complexity of the works involved.

House Resolution No.10 as introduced by Lobregat explains the extreme necessity of Zamboanga City to obtain such project which is very vital to the needs of the constituents considering the scarcity of water experienced by the city at the height of the dry season which happened in the country the past months.

Aside from addressing the water shortage and mitigate the effects of climate change in the city, the proposed project will also provide such benefits as year-round irrigation and hydroelectric power to the city of Zamboanga.

Presently, the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) sought the assistance of the USAID-Be Secure Project to conduct of the Pre-Feasibility Study for the proposed Impounding Dam Project to be constructed in Zamboanga City.

The ZCWD Board also resolved to seek the intercession of Congressman Lobregat to sponsor a resolution at the House of Representatives seeking the inclusion of the Proposed Impounding Dam Project in the city as part of the NEDA Priority Projects for the national government.

Lobregat said that the full support of the LGU and other line agencies of the city of Zamboanga will be a huge factor in pursuing the said huge project which will also mark not only history but will lay down further convenience in water and energy supply for the forthcoming generation.

Together with Lobregat and other local officials, ZCWD will be inaugurating today the 50MLD Bulk Water Supply Project in Barangay Pamucutan which is in partnership with Prime Water Infrastructure Corporation. This multi-million project is also intended to address the water supply problem in Zamboanga City. — Dexter Yap