NEDA supports P30-B impounding dam project PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 12:04

By DEXTER YAP

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has expressed its support to a house resolution urging its office to support the P30-B impounding dam project in Zamboanga city.

House Resolution 10, authored by First District Congressman Celso Lobregat, urges the NEDA to support the proposed Zamboanga city Impounding Dam project and to include it in the priority project listing of the national government.

NEDA’s support to the project was conveyed in a letter dated June 5, 2017 by NEDA Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia to Lobregat, who chairs the Committee on Public Works and Highways at the House of Representatives.

In the letter, Pernia expressed his support to the project saying that the project is aligned with the strategy under the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 to develop new water supply sources to ensure water security.

Lobregat described the project as “perhaps the biggest and most massive ever proposed project for Zamboanga city.”

The House Committee on Public Works and Highways has had two committee hearings on the proposed project for last month alone.

The committee approved HR No. 10 on May 24, 2017 and resolved that the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)  be the implementing agencies of the Impounding Dam Project.

The estimated cost of the dam is $600 million or Php 30 billion.

The project,  a rock-filled dam similar to the Angat and San Roque dams, is 90 meters in height and will have a reservoir volume of 64 million cubic meters.

The proposed site for the project is the Tumaga River.

Congressman Lobregat thanks NEDA for its immediate and positive response and support to the impounding dam project. Lobregat also said that if found feasible, the impounding dam will be the ultimate solution to Zamboanga City’s water needs.

NEDA also stated that: “Given the urgency of the matter, we nonetheless suggest that ZCWD already proceed to conduct the full-blown F/S (including the possible power component) and just include in said study a validation/confirmation of the most appropriate and practical implementation (institutional) and financing arrangements for the project”. (Dexter Yap)