BACIWA Baciwa officials led by its general manager Mario Macatangay, Boardchairman Ma. Aida Torre (left) and officials of the Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. led by Ryan Yapkianwee (4th from left) at the groundbreaking of the treatment plant in Brgy. Granada, Bacolod City yesterday*
( CGS photo )

Construction starts
for P1.1B bulk water

The Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. is expected to supply potable water to Bacolod City Water District in October 2017, its chairman Ryan Yapkianwee said during the groundbreaking of its water treatment plant in Brgy. Granada, Bacolod City, yesterday.

The BBWI has started the construction of the P1.1 billion bulk water supply project, which is expected to be completed in 18 months, after receiving a notice to proceed from Baciwa on September 15.

Baciwa general manager Mario Macatangay yesterday said the project will augment their shortage in water supply which they estimate is 5 million liters per day. moremoremore

Cadiz to declare state of calamity

Cadiz City is set to declare a state of calamity after strong winds and big waves destroyed and damaged houses and bancas Saturday, Mayor Patrick Escalante said yesterday.

The unusual weather disturbance also caused destruction and damage in neighboring Victorias City, and Manapla and EB Magalona towns leaving 34 houses destroyed and 277 damaged, while 89 pumpboats were destroyed and 170 were damaged, initial reports showed.

Escalante said he is asking the Cadiz Sanggunian that is meeting today to approve the declaration of a state of calamity so funds can be allocated. He said that the initial estimated damage in Cadiz City Saturday was about P2 million. moremoremore


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Diokno: NIR on status quo

Gov. Roel Degamo said he received a letter from Department of Budget and Management Secretary Ben Diokno last week, which stated that the composition of the Negros Island Region is on a status quo basis.

As such, the budgets will come from Region 7 for Negros Oriental and Region 6 for Negros Occidental.

The letter was in reference to the snowballing appeal for the retention of the NIR, coming from Degamo and Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. of Negros Occidental, other provincial and local officials, leaders of civil society organizations, and business groups, among others. ..