Officials break ground for P15-M water system

MALAYBALAY CITY – Government officials on April 5 break ground for the P15 million water system project that would supply three villages in Malaybalay City.

The ground breaking ceremony was held at Dalwangan village.

Sen. Teofisto ‘TG’ Guingona III led the ceremony. Gov. Alex P. Calingasan, 2nd district representative Florencio T. Flores Jr., Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri, Engr. Rey Peter B. Gille – chief of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 1st Engineering District, Dalwangan Brgy. Captain Lino-ay, some officials of Malaybalay City Water District and villagers witnessed the ceremony.

The water system would supply the villages of Dalwangan, Patpat and Kalasungay.

Project’s bidding is scheduled on April 12 and the target date for the start of the construction is on April 13. The project is expected to be completed on September 9 with a contract time of 150 calendar days.

The implementing office is the DPWH 1st DEO.

A staff of Sen. Guingona on April 7 confirmed that the P15 million budget is from the Priority Development and Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Guingona.

Jun Aroa, general manager of MCWD on April 7 clarified that the whole water system project has a rough estimated budget of P60 Million. He said the P15Million is just an initial amount to start the whole project.

“The project will tap Damitan Creek that connects Lalawan River near the foot of Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park. A mini dam will be constructed in the source. The MCWD had already tapped the said creek but the pipes are small. This time bigger pipes will be installed but the old pipes will not be destroyed or abandoned,” Aroa said.

A scope of work showed that a mini-dam and coffer dam will be constructed and the installation of main pipe lines.

Based on the information from DPWH, once completed the water system has a potential discharge of 360 liters per second enough to supply the three villages.(Mel B. Madera)

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