Celso, ZCWD break ground for P6.9M Cacao water project PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 June 2012 14:37

Mayor Celso Lobregat and Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) executives Friday afternoon trekked the rugged road to Cacao in the east coast to break ground for the P6.9 million water system project, notwithstanding the heavy downpour.

The project, which involves the laying of pipes of a 9-kilometer stretch area, will benefit the residents of barangays Cacao, Lapakan and Cabaluay. Work on the project will cover 150 calendar days with November 17, 2012 as completion date.

The project is jointly undertaken by the ZCWD and the city government with the latter contributing P2.63 million for the pipes.

The city government and ZCWD officials who trailed the hilly and rough road leading to Cacao to bring the water system project included Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Myra Paz Abubakar, Percival Ramos, Mike Alavar, Eddie Saavedra and Rogelio Valesco Jr.; ZCWD Board of directors led by president Dr. Mila Fernandez and Assistant General Manager Alejo Rojas Jr. and staff.

Barangay chairmen Lito de la Cruz of Cacao, Serino Santiago of Lapakan and Maco  Apolinario of Cabaluay expressed elation and gratitude for the water project which is a very important commodity for the people.

Cacao most especially had not had water since time immemorial and the implementation of the project in the area will bring great relief to the people of the barangay, according to de la Cruz.

Water needs of the residents, he said, were provided by private water suppliers who sell the commodity by bidon at P3 to P5 per bidon or through rivers and wells.

Mayor Lobregat in his message said the source of water will be the Tolosa-Cacao-Lansones-Guisao water project which the city and the water firm unveiled last year.

He stressed that the city government has been partnering with the ZCWD to extend water services to far flung barangays.

“However, you should remember that this water is not for free”, the mayor said as he urged the residents from the 3 beneficiary barangays to fully comply with the requirements for water connection and the payment of bills so that the water system can be sustained and improved.

Dr. Fernandez in her message said the ZCWD intends to put up an office in the Cacao area to help facilitate water connections, payments and other transactions.

Last June 7, Lobregat and the ZCWD officials were in barangay Patalon in the west coast to also lead in the groundbreaking of a similar water project worth P4.4 million that will benefit the households from Patalon to the Labuan area.

The Patalon project consists of pipe-laying on a 5,705 (5.7 km) stretch from the landmark of Patalon-Labuan boundary up to the landmark of Patalon-Sinubong boundary. It costs P4.4 million, of which the city government chipped in P1.5 million for the purchase of pipes, and P2.8 million from the ZCWD for labor and other materials. — Sheila Covarrubias