NORZAGARAY, Bulacan, Philippines – President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday assured residents of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal and some parts of Cavite of adequate and uninterrupted supply of potable surface water as he led the unveiling of the P3.3-billion water transmission project at the Ipo dam here.

Accompanied by Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, Asian Development Bank (ADB) country director Richard Bolt and Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) administrator Gerry Esquivel, the President inspected the location of the tunnel after viewing the schematic diagram of the project.

The President said the water transmission project will improve the delivery of fresh mountain water to Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

He said the project will ensure an end to total disruption of service occasionally arising from the fact that the tunnel is decades-old. It will be rehabilitated and improved with modern technology.

The project is expected to be finished by the year 2020.

“Ang tubig ay bukal ng buhay at mahalagang matugunan natin ang pangangailangan ng ating mga boss. Ang atin pong solusyon ay ang pagtatayo ng panibagong tunnel system upang maisaayos ang ating pasilidad [Water is the stream of life;it’s important to address the people’s need for it. Our solution is to build a new tunnel system in order to improve our facilities],” the Chief Executive said.

The project is funded through a loan from the ADB.

It will allow further rehabilitation work on the raw water transmission system and ensure sustainable provision of water supply in the said areas.

Alvarado took the opportunity to thank President Aquino for his initiatives to bring fresh surface water supply to the homes of 3 million Bulakenyos through the Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project.

He said that after almost 50 years of watching their supply of fresh mountain water goes to Metro Manila, the people of Bulacan will now enjoy the bounty of their natural resources.

Alvarado said Bulakenyos will no longer depend on underground supply of water.

For many years, the mountains of Bulacan have been providing 97 percent the water needs of Metro Manila.

26 May 2016
By Emil G. Gamos