Puerto Princesa Water District General Manager Antonio Jesus Romasanta has appealed to the city’s highest officials to continue pushing for the approval of the Lapu-Lapu Montible Water System to resolve persisting water shortage issues, and hopefully lower consumer bills.
Romasanta made the said statement in his speech at the inauguration ceremony for the city’s newest water ground water system in Barangay Bancao-Bancao, held on Monday, May 29.
“We have to keep on praying that someday, in God’s time, we will be able to obtain the water rights. If this will happen, there will be no more water shortage during summer,” Romasanta said, after making an appeal to the offices of City Mayor Luis Marcaida III and Congressman Gil Acosta.
The ‘water rights’ of the PPCWD to the Lapu-lapu Montible Water System is yet to be endorsed by the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Corrections.
In response, Councilor Gregorio Roy Ventura, who represented Mayor Marcaida for the event, said the City Council is continually supporting the Water District in appealing for actions on the proposed water system. He particularly encouraged the Board’s directors to work with the city’s legislators in compelling both the local and national government to act on the said matter.
Meanwhile, the inaugurated reservoir, which also went through a desalination process, is among the continuous efforts of the Water District to ensure sufficient water supply in Puerto Princesa, says Romasanta. The facility forms part of the four-component project completed on January 2016 with a contract price of around Php15M.
Also present at the Inauguration Ceremony were the directors of the PPCWD, namely Atty. Raymond Acosta, Atty. Winston Gonzales, Atty. Allan Carlos, Atty. Mary Catherine Ponce de Leon, and Dir. Mylene Ballares, along with Mr. Pedrito Gacosta from the Office of Cong. Acosta. Employees, staff, and managers of the PPCWD also graced the said affair. Father Noel Del Rosario headed the blessing of the facilities and location of the new system.