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P100B in water supply projects readied

New dam in Tanay to ensure ‘lasting security’

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Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Building

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has lined up P100 billion  worth of major infrastructure projects this year in a bid to ensure water supply security for the country.

“Three big projects will undergo final feasibility studies and are expected to be rolled out by the second half of this year,” MWSS administrator Gerardo Esquivel said.

The MWSS disclosed its medium-term strategy called “Water Security Legacy Plan” during its 135th anniversary celebration yesterday.

The plan is highlighted by the proposal to construct a new water dam, which will serve as a “redundant water source” to Angat Dam. The project, estimated to cost $1.8 billion, calls for the building of a “Centennial Dam” at the Kaliwa-Kanan River Basin in Tanay, Rizal.

Esquivel said the dam could potentially supply Metro Manila with 1.9 billion liters a day.

“Metro Manila is 97-percent dependent on the Angat Dam for water supply. We want a security dam, which could be an alternative water source [for Metro Manila residents],” he said.

The MWSS official explained that the agency intended to design it as a multipurpose dam with hydro-power and flood-mitigating components.

“[There's a] paradigm shift in water service delivery as it transforms MWSS’ mandate-driven initiatives from mere water distribution to a deliverer of lasting water supply security,” Esquivel said in a statement.

Also lined up this year is the Bulacan bulk water supply project, which will put up pipes on national roads in the whole province of Bulacan to supply water to its 22 water districts. The project is estimated to cost P15 billion.


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  • Kingkong123

    It’s about time to focus our attention to our water supply. When it rains, there is flood. During summer, there is drought. It’s common sense – store the water on rainy days so we have some left on summer days. The reporter said P100 billion worth of infrastructure. P1.8 bln for building a dam and P15 bln for pipe laying in Bulacan. What else?

    • WeAry_Bat

       That’s right.  They should also look into rainwater capture and storage.  What isolated, barren areas are there, where water could be routed into.  I imagine these megastructures could minimize floods.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QHGUJ3OJZAOIMBYYWTABNV2EEM Ai

    This is very bad. Most in Mindanao and Visayas areas need this water project much more than Metro Manila.

    And does the 100B budget includes the amount that will go to graft/red tape and corruption?

  • bogli_anakdami

    flipland doesn’t need water management… mother nature takes care if it…  floods during rainy seasons… drought in the summer…

    it’s goot beri-beri goot biznez… kumikita ang aking portable bridge biznez,  plastic raft, payong and raincoat bangketa vendors…

    and, for a short time, ‘tang inang imperial manila is washed clean by flood… at saka, it’s fun watching the aquasquats being washed away from imburnals, esteros, and ruver banks…

    • WeAry_Bat

       mariano pacifico??

  • http://www.braintecs.com wishfull thinking

    Ay naku….pwede ba…wag na!……Pagkatapos ng isang taon…taas presyo na naman yan!

  • http://twitter.com/JOSE__RIZAL JOSE RIZAL

    Tomorrow’s news would be, “Brace for yet another water rate increase” just like the electricity. 

    Hahahahahahahaha!  “Tuwad Na Daan” is full of trumpeting…but, sadly, only up to that point.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6ODLDBBLVPVJCOODC6Y4CKJTVA lex

      PEKENG JOSE RIZAL….ZAL……SAL…..SAL…..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZMYIL5FXLVIHRZXBQGONZS6U4 Jhune

    Maganda ang nilalayon sana maganda rin ang kinalalabasan para mapakinabangan ng ma mamayan, pag may project tulad nito, ibig sabihin may pagkakitaan ng tao, ang hiling ko lang sana lahat ng transaction walang bahid na anomalya.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    press release muna bago trabaho…. very good mwss…. ganyan ang formula ng gobyerno ni noynoying….

    kaya hanggang ngayon PPP = 0…. inuuna ang kayabangan at pag aannounce wala pa naman!!! 

    • Carlos_Iho

      umaasa ka pa ba na maaayos nitong dramatistang panguulo ang mga problema ng bansa?  para malaman kung may laman utak nyan, mag pa press con kaya sya at sya sumagot sa mga tanong.

      ang layo ng mga sagot nya sa mga dating interview…napag aralan pa nyan ang tanong bago ang interview, malabo pa rin ang sagot…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NIPR2MWOPGWUNZ4COTAMW7MLKE Mark

    naku yari ka !!!…pag tinuloy nyo yang Laiban Dam sa Kaliwa kanan river sa Tanay sigurado lulubog ang Metro Manila, saan nyo padadaanin ang spilway ng Dam na yan sige nga…lahat ng ilog ng Sierra Madre (Rizal, Bulacan area) papunta lahat ng Metro Manila…naku maniwala kau pinag aralan ko kung saan nanggaling ang tubig na binuhos ni Ondoy..lahat yan nanggaling sa Sierra Madre… Stop corruption at MWSS mauna na kayong magpakalunod bago nyo lunurin  ang mga mamamayan ng Metro Manila

    • http://www.businessinsider.com/the-art-of-war-sun-tzu-2011-5?op=1 Sun Tzu

      So what do you suggest? Saan pa pwede gumawa ng isa pang dam?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NIPR2MWOPGWUNZ4COTAMW7MLKE Mark

        yung wawa dam sa San Mateo matagal ng hindi ginagamit , bakit hindi i renovate yun. Isa yan sa mga dahilan kung bakit lumubog ang Marikina, Pasig, Cainta. Sobra sobra ang tubig na dumaloy dyan hindi napakinabangan…eh dati namang source of water yan. Pag pumunta kau dyan makikita nyo pa ung landmark dyan na ginawa yan nung panahon ng Amerikano. Maliit lang kasi ang makukurakot dyan kaya ayaw i renovate. Pag ginawa yang Laiban Dam sa Tanay ito ang mga bayan na lulubog pag nag overflow –> (Syempre hindi kasama ang Antipolo at Tanay dahil mataas na lugar) Metro Manila, Cainta,Taytay,Angono,Pillia, Morong, Sinoloan (Laguna),Montalban. Assuming na hindi makikisabay ang IPO dam at La Mesa dam sa pag re release ng tubig pag nagkasabay sabay ang pag re lease ng mga dam na ito – God Forbids para kang nanood ng waterworld mas matindi pa sa baha na dulot ni Ondoy

      • http://www.businessinsider.com/the-art-of-war-sun-tzu-2011-5?op=1 Sun Tzu

        Looks like you are very well informed about these dam projects. Salamat sa enlightenment. But tama ka, all they care is saan makakurakot ng malaking pera, bahala na malunod ang mga malulunod

  • Carlos_Iho

    What ‘water supply security for the country?’  The projects mentioned here are only for metro Manila and Bulacan!  How can other areas of the country develop if the bulk of public expenditure are in MM only and nearby provinces?  Surely, the money will not only come from taxes collected in Manila and Bulacan.  Why continue to sacrifice the welfare of people in the provinces?

    • Shadows1

       Iho bago ngumakngak mag-research muna ha. The M in MWSS means METROPOLITAN, meaning Metro Manila. And the service areas of MWSS was divided into two service providers, Maynilad and Manila services. Each provinces has its own water service providers, so kung san probinsya ka man galing, dun ka ngumakngak at maghanap ng project nila for your water utility services. Besides that P100bn MWSS project is an INVESTMENT AND WILL EVENTUALLY REAP PROFITS FOR THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT. Because the water to be produced by the new dam and the new pipes will be sold by MWSS either to Maynilad and to Manila which would eventually be sold to METRO MANILA users. Kami pa ring mga taga Metro Manila and Bulacan ang eventually magbabayad nyang project na yan. MWSS will also sell the electricity produced by that dam and again REAP PROFIT FOR THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT. And any profit remitted to the national government will definitely benefit the provinces, including yours from profits gained from Metro Manila and Bulacan subscribers. Get it?

      • waterguard

        Shadow1…malamang “shadow” ka ng isang shadow na dating namumuno sa isa sa dalawang concessionaire ng MWSS na ngayon ay may mataas na puesto sa gobyerno na isa ring “shadow” ng isang pang “shadow” sa isang dayuhang negosyante.  Itong dayuhang negosyante ang malamang na makikinabang sa proyekto. Asan ang sinasabing “security” kung ang makikinabang at magpapatakbo ay isang dayuhang interest?

      • http://twitter.com/alfs_alfs Pons Corpuz

        hahaha.. illogical and baseless argument… Owning and managing MWSS by local businessmen or government does not guaranty security either. You should go back in time when water service was still owned and managed by the government, and then when it was sold to the Lopezes. And from there pwede mo kainin sinabi mo.  

      • waterguard

         Illogical and baseless for someone like you who has shallow knowledge of the water sector.  Why not try to look at the current leadership of MWSS? Who appointed them? And who is the current water czar? And whom is he working before he was appointed to his current position? Maybe you will have a different view,  unless you are another “shadow”…HA…ha..ha!

      • http://twitter.com/alfs_alfs Pons Corpuz

        again, baseless arguments from you. pashadow-shadown ka pa jan. You cannot even prove a single line of your statements.  You obviously deviated from your first comment because you know that you cannot prove anything you said…. shallow? as if you know better about water sector. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NIPR2MWOPGWUNZ4COTAMW7MLKE Mark

        excuse me ..hindi nakikinabang ang mga taga Bulacan sa tubig na nang gagaling sa MWSS. Ang pakinabang lang ng taga Bulacan sa Angat dam ay yung ilog na ginagamit sa irrigation. Kaya itong project na ito ng MWSS ay purely sa Metro Manila lang. I believe itong project na ito ay yung sa Tanay at walang kinalalaman ang Angat. This is between San Miguel and MWSS kaya tiba tiba na naman ang mga buwaya sa MWSS. Ilang beses ng na headline na maraming ng yumaman sa MWSS na yan. Pero reminder lang embrace yourself for a disaster pag natuloy ang Dam na ito. Hindi na kau natuto sa sinapit ng mga taga Calumpit, Malolos, Hagonoy, Obando dahil sa tubig na pinakakawalan ng Angat, Ipo at La Mesa dam

      • Shadows1

         Sa iyo  na nanggaling na nakikinabang sa Angat Dam ang Bulacan sa irigasyon. Second, in this particular P100bn project involves pipe laying in Bulacan.

      • Carlos_Iho

        Manong, naintindihan mo ba ang binasa mo?  nasa 1st paragraph ng article “The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has lined up P100 billion  worth of major infrastructure projects this year in a bid to ensure water supply security for the country.”

        Malinaw na ba?  Ba’t binanggit pa ang “country” kung para sa MWSS at metro manila lang pala ‘to?

        Paano na kayo sa manila ang magbabayad ng proyekto na yan at pera ng national gov’t. ang gagamitin?  Kelan ba nakabawi ang MWSS at nawalan ng utang?  Pera ng bansa, mga tao lang sa manila ang makikinabang.

        Do you have the calculations to illustrate your claim that this project will earn profit for the gov’t?  It’s like saying the the metro rail earns profit for the gov’t!

        Pinapakinabangan ng mga kaibigan ng namumuno sa gobyerno ang mga proyekto.  Hanggang ngayon di pa nakabawi ang gobyerno sa mga concessionaires sa MM.



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