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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, January 19, 2018
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Bulk water firm
seeks payment

The Bacolod Bulk Water Supply Inc. is collecting from the Bacolod City Water District the amount equivalent to the bulk water it had delivered to the water utility firm for about two months.

BBWI chairman Ryan Yapkianwee said yesterday that they started to deliver 15,000 cubic meters of water a day since October last year but have not collected anything from Baciwa,pending the resolution of the issue on the delivery point.

Yapkianwee said they have sent their billing to Baciwa covering about two months. They have started to deliver what is provided in the contract but are shouldering the losses, like operational costs, electricity, manpower, etc.

They hope the issue on the delivery point will be resolved soonest because they want to deliver potablewater to the households in Bacolod City at the earliest possible time, he said.

They are committed not to stop the delivery even if they have to provide water for free, Yapkianwee said.

Baciwa has sought the opinion of the Office of the Government Corporate Council as to whether it can allow the BBWI to temporarily connect to the mainline of the water district going to its reservoir, for the meantime that the bulk water supplier is trying to secure the right of way to lay its pipes.

Yapkianwee said the Baciwa management believes BBWI should deliver water to their reservoir as stated in the contract while the Board believes they can temporarily connect to the pipeline of the water district after the OGCC allowed them to amend the contract for Injection Point 1.

They are asking Baciwa to give them a common decision and they will implement it, he said.

A 25-year contract for the implementation of the approximately P900 million worth of bulk water supply project for Bacolod City was signed between Baciwa and the consortium Mactan Rock Industries, Inc., TGV Builders Inc. and TubigPilipinas Group Inc.in 2016, that formed a special purpose company called Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. to undertake the project.

The bid price offered by the consortium for injection point 1 per cubic meter is P8.85 and P9.85 for injection point 2.

Yapkianwee said the total cost of the bulk water project was about P1.2 billion, but they were able to lower this to P900 million.

This already includes the construction of the Ngalan Water Treatment plant in Brgy. Granada, that costs about P150 million, that they plan to turnover to Baciwa after seven years, instead of 25 years, he said.

Yapkianwee presented the achievements of the bulk water project in 2017, prospects and plans for 2018, during a media briefing yesterday at Seda Hotel.

He is optimistic that the bulk water project will reach out to more households in Bacolod this year with BBWI already in operation, he said.

Yapkianwee also discussed the construction of the second injection point in Murcia that is expected to increase the water volume delivered to Baciwa when it becomes operational by April.*CGS





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