Baluno water system to serve 40,000 people PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 August 2012 13:58

The P64.8-million water system which broke ground yesterday morning in Baluno is expected to supply 4 million liters or 4,000 cubic meters of safe and cheap potable water every day to about 40,000 people in at least eight barangays in the west coast.

Mayor Celso Lobregat said the Baluno water system is just one of the biggest among the 13 joint undertakings of the city government under his administration and the Zamboanga City Water District in an effort to bring not only potable but cheap water to barangays outside the existing service areas of the ZCWD.

He said the system will tap water from a spring in Sitio Dumalon, Baluno, which is about 800 meters above sea level, and impound it in a concrete dam, from where potable water will be distributed down to the service areas covering the barangays of Baluno, Capisan, Malagutay, San Roque, Calarian, Cawit, Sinunuc and Maasin, all in the west coast, with combined households of 7,423 or about 37,000 to 40,000 people.

The water system costs a total amount of P64,861,077.00, of which the city government shared P33,744,412.00 for the purchase of water pipes measuring 54 kilometers-long (or 54,000 meters-long) to bring the potable water from Dumalon spring down to the eight barangays.

The ZCWD, on the other hand, shared the amount of P31,116,665.00 for civil works and other project components to include the construction of the intake facility and the ground tank or impounding dam. It will also give livelihood to the people in the service barangays as they will be hired for the project.

In his message during the groundbreaking program at Cawit sport center, Lobregat could not help but reminisced the days when he first joined politics in 1998; he was running for congressman while his mother, the late Ma’am Caling, for mayor.

“At the time, not a single meter of the road from Cawit up to Baluno was concreted. It was not only not concreted but also very bad road. But today, the entire stretch of the road is completely concreted, making the travel easy and at much lesser time,” the mayor recalled.

“At the time also going to Baluno would take more three hours because of the bad road, but now it only takes less than an hour. This is the result of the contract for change we had with the people when I first joined politics. And the change we wanted is now a reality,” he further said.

Joining the groundbreaking rites were Councilors Percival Ramos, Nonong Guingona, Gerky Valesco and Noning Biel together with members of the ZCWD Board headed by the chairperson Dr. Milagros Fernandez, General Manager Chito Vaquez, Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology president Dr. Milavel Nazario, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo, Planning Coordinator Rodrigo Sicat and many other ZCWD officials. Sinunuc Parish priest Rev. Fr. Nevio Bigano did the blessing of the water project.

Also present were the barangays chairman of the eight beneficiary-barangays, namely; Felix Custodio of Baluno, Rey Modillas of Cawit, Rolando Gregorio of Calarian, Allan De Guzman of Malagutay, Bernardo Clemente of San Roque, Celerito Atienza of Capisan and Misael Bernardo of Maasin, who all not only thanked Lobregat for the water project but they also vowed to continue their support for him, all they way. — Vic Larato