The Puerto Princesa City Water District (PPCWD) assured Thursday that it will comply with all the conditions stated in the Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) clearance it was granted for the sustainable management of the Lapu-Lapu and Montible watershed.
Jeovanne Sacedon, acting division manager of the city water district, said among the requirements they are set to comply with is the Watershed Management Plan (WMP) and Project Evaluation Assessment Report (PEAR).
“Itong mga terms ay mga bago ito, kagaya ng kailangan namin gumawa ng isang watershed management plan para maging sustainable ‘yong management ng watershed resources natin sa Montible at Lapu-Lapu. Meron din tayong tinatawag na PEAR, project evaluation assessment report na hinihingi din ng PCSD (Palawan Council for Sustainable Development) so gagawin natin ngayon at na-confine lang tayo sa more or less 16 kilometer na project area. Hindi na tayo kailangan mag-expand, kung may expansion projects tayo ay kailangan humingi tayo uli ng SEP clearance, iyon ang mga major na mga terms and condition na ipapaloob sa SEP clearance na ibibigay sa atin,” Sacedon pointed out.
He also said the construction period of the project will take about two years and the materials will be purchased in China.
Sacedon said they are optimistic that the project will be completed in two years, assuring it will help prevent the city from experiencing another water crisis.
The water district is still within their 10-year projection of water produced from the Montible and Lapu-Lapu Rivers.
“Our projection sa supply and demand is 2015 kaya may 10 years tayo up to 2025, but then kasi nga kung sasabihin natin na mag-start ito ng 2022, kumbaga maki-carry over yong study na yon, magkakaroon pa rin tayo ng review at tingin ko naman ay kakayanin pa rin based sa existing na present na data ngayon, ang projection doon sa project ay by 2020 magkakaroon tayo ng service connections na up to 45,000 service connections,” he said.
As of 2019, the water firm reached its 45,000 targets for additional service connections that were projected until 2020.