Mayor Edna Gacot-Lim leads inauguration ceremony of San Fernando Water Plant. (Photo courtesy of Rene Acosta)



El Nido has inaugurated the completed P38 million Barangay San Fernando Water System (BSFWS) project that is expected to provide a reliable water supply to village residents.

Municipal Economic and Enterprise Development Office (MEEDO) chief Rene Acosta said the water system project, whose construction started in 2017, was inaugurated on June 11.

The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) granted the town a P38 million loan for the completion of two water systems: the BSFWS and the Bulalacao Water Plant (BWP).

“Mayroong loan ang El Nido na P38 million sa DBP at mayroong P10 million na galing sa local government unit (LGU) para sa San Fernando at Bulalacao,” said Acosta.

The actual building cost for the system was P6,512,255 and was facilitated by the LGU through the MEEDO. However, technical assistance and primary designs for the project were done by the provincial government.

The other P39,782,410 is allocated to the Bulalacao Water Plant. The water system is targeted to service some 300 households in Brgy. San Fernando alone.

“Sa ngayon, mayroon na kaming 50 households na nag-sign up sa San Fernando. Ina-assess na lang ang kanilang mga needs in terms of equipment,” said Acosta.

He said the BWP will service four poblacion barangays. Another project, the Sibaltan Water System (SWS), is also underway.

“Nakuha na ng LGU ang MOA (memorandum of agreement) mula sa provincial government para masimulan na ang Sibaltan Water System. Na-delay lang talaga ito dahil sa pandemic,” said Acosta.