The Puerto Princesa government is preparing early for next year’s dry season.
City Information officer Henry Gadiano said that Mayor Lucilo Bayron is worried that the city will suffer the same low water supply during the summer season next year.
Gadiano said that the Puerto Princesa City Water District “may take a long time to finish their ongoing P700 million water supply improvement project that intends to add 30,000 cubic meters of water supply to their system.”
“The mayor wants to look for a bulk water supplier,” he said.
He said the city government will get a loan from the municipal development fund office under the Department of Finance to augment the city’s water supply.
The MDFO has offered the city government a fixed interest rate of 2.5 percent in 25 years, Gadiano said.
The PPCWD in its presentation said its water improvement project intends to address 20,677 cubic meter of its water deficit for 2020 and 28,719 cubic meters with the expected increase of the population of the city.
The Palawan provincial government also offered its technical expertise for the project.
The province has no “vested interests in the project, ” he said adding that the technology used by the provincial government “has been proven in other areas.”
Gadiano also said City Hall wants the current water rate of P28 per cubic meter to go down.