The local government unit of El Nido, spearheaded by Mayor Nieves Rosento, held a blessing and inauguration ceremony for its newest water system project on Friday, December 17.
The water project will be operated by the LGU in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), specifically through the Salintubig program.
Municipal Administrator Rene Jay dela Calzada said in an interview that the Level III water project is expected to start actual water distribution by January or February 2017. Initially, the water project targets to benefit the barangays of Masagana, Maligaya, Buenas Seurte and Corong-corong.
“Nasa proseso kami ngayon ng pag-purchase ng mga meters. Papahiramin muna kami ng water district (Puerto Princesa) ng 500 units para makapagsimula lang kami,” dela Calzada said.
Based on a recent study, the water demand in El Nido rests at around 5,000 cubic meters per day, but as of press time, dela Calzada said the two ground water sources are only capable of producing 2,400 cubic meters per day. “Magso-zoning lang muna talaga o rationing, pero pinag-aaralan pa kung ano ang sistema,” he explained.
Dela Calzada also added that they are targeting surface water in Bgy. Bulalacao in the near future to be able to meet water demand in the town, both for residential and commercial purposes.
Dela Calzada also clarified that they have not yet finalized the water rates. “Hindi pa namin matukoy, pero binabasehan po namin ‘yung sa Puerto Princesa, pero most likely mas mataas konti siguro no, pero hindi muna ako pwede magbigay ng figures,” he said.
DILG already downloaded around PhP 21M for the project and is expected to release another PhP 4M. DOH also shared its financial counterpart for the water system. The Puerto Princesa City Water District, on the other hand, extended technical support to the project.