P91.69 million Dumalon water system: Proof of commitment to people — Celso PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 08 September 2013 14:37

Former mayor and now District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat has reaffirmed his commitment to help alleviate the plight of the people through the expansion of water services to the barangays.
Lobregat along with Zamboanga City Water District and City Government officials spearheaded yesterday morning the unveiling of the P91.69 million water system in Dumalon, which is a joint LGU-ZCWD undertaking and initiated during Lobregat’s incumbency as mayor.
The project spans through Zambales, Baluno, Capisan, Malagutay, San Roque, Calarian, Cawit, Sinunuc and Maasin. Of the total amount, P33.7 comes from the local government which was used for the purchase of pipes (8,300 linear meters of transmission lines and 45,852linear meters of distribution lines).
“This is proof of our commitment to the people,” Lobregat declared during the turnover rites attended by ZCWD officials headed by board chair Nelida Atilano and general manager Chito Vasquez, Councilor Luis Biel III (representing Mayor Beng Climaco) and west coast barangay officials.
Lobregat said he made it a point that the City Government, with a strong financial condition, allocated funds for water projects in line with the thrust to help alleviate people’s lives by providing the basic needs and services.
Baluno barangay chairman Ladjid Tantong expressed elation that the barangay’s dream is now a reality. “Antes sueño lang (el tene agua na barangay), ara realidad ya.” He thanked Lobregat for putting funds to help the ZCWD implement the project and eventually expand water services to farflung barangays.
Calarian barangay chairman Rolando Gregorio likewise expressed gratitude to the congressman and the water firm for putting their acts together to bring water to areas that have been unserved since time immemorial. “Ahora puede ya maga gente baña todo el dia,” he said in jest.
The water project is expected to serve 40,000 water consumers.
Vasquez, meanwhile, said the operation of the Dumalon water system technically connects and increases water pressure to the city’s central area including Talon-talon.
He likewise thanked the City Government citing former mayor Lobregat for partnering with the ZCWD in the thrust to bring water to all barangays of the city.
The Dumalon water system is one of the five barangay water system projects jointly implemented by the LGU and the ZCWD with the city’s assistance totalling to P40.46 million. These four other projects were in barangays Patalon- P1.6 million; Cacao-Lapakan-Cabaluay for P2.6 million and  Mangabolong-Bolong-Bunguiao-Sangali- P5.3 million.
The city’s counterpart is an advance amount to ensure that the water district can immediately implement the projects and expand water distribution to the barangays without borrowing money from financial institutions with huge interests. This advancing scheme is tackled in an amended memorandum of agreement with addendum pertaining to national wealth where the amount will be payable (after 5 years moratorium) in 20 years without interests. — Rey Carbonel