Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. thanked the officials of Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) and Flo Water Resources, Inc. (Flo Water) for setting aside their differences for the sake of the people of Iloilo City and its neighboring towns.
The governor made the statement during the blessing and inauguration of MIWD’s new pipeline from Leganes to Brgy. Ungka, Jaro, Iloilo City on Tuesday, March 17, 2016.
“We welcome this historic development,” Defensor said referring to the commissioning of the 400 mm pipeline which could accommodate 9,000 cubic meters of water per day for MIWD consumers. “We thank Flo Water and MIWD for agreeing to the delivery of additional 9,000 cu. m. without much argument despite the fact that there are pending legal controversies between them,” Defensor said.
To note, there is a pending legal dispute between MIWD and Flo Water with regard to payment issues relative to the volume of water to be delivered as stipulated in their contract. MIWD general manager Imelda Magsuci said they spent P52 million for the project in a bid to augment the existing water supply in the wake of the water shortage brought by the El Niño phenomenon.
Magsuci said the additional 9,000 cu.m. that will pass through the Leganes - Ungka pipeline would benefit water consumers in Jaro, Mandurriao, Arevalo and the City Proper. She, however, clarified that the commissioning of the new pipeline would not result to increased water rates. “We will maintain our rate which is 15.90 per cu.m. for the minimum consumption which is one of the lowest rates in the entire country today,” Magsuci said.
She added that the new Leganes – Ungka pipeline is just one of the many projects undertaken by the MIWD to improve their service. “We are committed to the provision of safe and adequate water for all. We want people to have access to safe drinking water which is a requisite to good quality living,” Magsuci stressed.
Also present in the activity were MIWD board of director Jessica Salas, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-6 assistant regional director Engr. Al Fruto, Leganes Mayor Adolfo Jaen and the representatives from Flo Water.
Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr., assisted by Metro Iloilo Water District’s (MIWD) Engr. Jerry Guillergan, open the Leganes to Ungka pipeline to signify the start of its commissioning where it could accommodate additional 9,000 cubic meters of water per day from bulk water supplier Flo Water Resources (Iloilo), Inc. o16.