P31.8M Vitali water project unveiled today PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 14:41

In pursuit of their commitment to continuously expand water service to far flung barangays, the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) and the City Government will unveil today the P31.8 million Vitali water system project, one of the numerous joint undertakings of the two agencies since the start of the term of Mayor Celso Lobregat in 2004.

The project will benefit 441 households or 2,203 individuals in the barangay of Vitali and the neighboring areas. It was undertaken in partnership with the District II Congressional office.

Mayor Celso Lobregat together with Congresspersons Beng Climaco and Erbie Fabian and ZCWD Board Chair Dr. Milagros Fernandez and General Manager Leonardo Rey Vasquez will lead city, water district and barangay officials in the inauguration and blessing rites that will take place at 10am today.

Based on the project contract, the ZCWD’s counterpart is P24,104,439.63 while the city government’s share is P5,299,998.82. The counterpart of the District II Congressional Office under Cong. Erbie Fabian is P2,412,500.

The city government and the congressional office foot the bill for the pipe laying work while the water firm took charge of the rest of the components that included civil work and other materials.

The water system’s source will be surface water from the Kamalig Spring.

Mayor Lobregat has vowed to continuously pursue partnership with the ZCWD in a bid to bring potable and affordable water to each and every household in far flung barangays. He stressed partnering with the water firm was the vision started by his late mother, Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat when she was mayor from 1998 until her demise in 2004 and continued by his administration from 2004 until present.

Last December, Mayor Lobregat and ZCWD officials forged five agreements for the implementation of 5 barangay water system projects that will expand water service to thousands of households in almost 20 barangays in the city—the latest of the stable and strong LGU-ZCWD partnership.

For the 5 projects, the city government is spending some P48.74 million which will cover the supplying and laying of distribution lines and other materials.

The agreements signed include the construction/ rehabilitation/ improvement of water system at Patalon with an estimated cost of P1.59 million; construction/ rehabilitation and installation of Cacao-Lapakan-Cabaluay water system with an estimated cost of P2.63 million; construction/ rehabilitation/ improvement of Tictapul-Licomo-Vitali water system with an estimated cost of P2.63 million; construction/ rehabilitation/ improvement of Mangga Bolong-Bolong-Bungiao-Sangali water system with an estimated cost of P5.33 million; construction/ rehabilitation/ improvement of Dumalon-Zambales-Baluno-Capisan-Malagutay-San Roque-Calarian-Cawit-Sinunuc-Maasin water system with an estimated cost of P33.744 million.

Last June 7, the mayor led city government and Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) officials in the groundbreaking rites for the water system project in Barangay Patalon, west of this city.

Three days after last June 10, the mayor and ZCWD officials trekked the rugged road to Cacao in the east coast to break ground for the water system project involving 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. — Sheila Covarrubias