Tacloban council seeks water system project updates

Tacloban council seeks water system project updates

TACLOBAN CITY – The city council here has asked the PrimeWater Leyte Metro to give updates on the ongoing development projects in the city.

Tacloban City Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin said since the new management took over the city’s water district in September 2019, local legislators have not received any updates.

“I think they owe it to the public, although they are managed privately, they are a utility in view with the public interest,” said Yaokasin in an interview Friday.

Specifically, the city council needs updates on the pipeline project as well as the water system for resettlement sites in the city’s northern villages.

The official also confirmed that he has been receiving complaints on the unrestored damaged road affected by pipeline installation activities, causing road accidents.

“They should explain, clarify, and update us so we will know. The city council will once again send a formal invitation to their office for this purpose,” Yaokasin added.

In a statement sent to reporters, the water district management said they failed to show up in the recent meeting since the session was on Dec. 3 as stated in the invitation letter but the actual meeting was held on Dec. 2.

In 2019, Prime Water Infrastructure Corp., a unit of the Villar Group, announced an estimated PHP6.14 billion investment to overhaul the water system in this city and nearby towns through a 25-year public-private partnership with the Leyte Metropolitan Water District.

The new investments are expected to rehabilitate and expand water treatment plants, replace old pipes install new pipes, set up seepage management, and rehabilitate the entire water system to address water losses.

For the first five years, the bulk water supplier will invest PHP1.6 billion and PHP1.4 billion from the sixth year to the 10th year of its operation.

Aside from this city, the water district also serves water concessionaires in the towns of Dagami, Tolosa, Tanauan, Palo, Tabon-Tabon, Sta. Fe and Pastrana in Leyte. (PNA)

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