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PIA Press Release
2006/09/14

Firm to provide Cebu barangays purified waters from rivers

Cebu City (14 September) -- About 300 households in Barangay Calamba, Cebu City will soon have access to potable water from wells, as a Cebu-based water technology solutions provider pursue its community outreach project.

Mactan Rock Industries Inc. president and executive officer Antonio Tompar said the well, which will be the source of water for Barangay Calamba households, will be operational by November this year.

He said that the company is already serving the water needs of Barangay Banilad, the first local government unit in Cebu City to sign a contract with Mactan Rock.

He said the company is working on water infrastructure in Barangay Busay, which will get the supply by the end of the year.

Mactan Rock's project, which the company initiated in line with President Gloria-Macapagal Arroyo's "Patubig sa Barangay" program, aims to partner with interested barangays.

The project will utilize and convert water from rivers near the barangay into potable water.

Tompar said the company aims to serve seven out of its target 10 barangays in Cebu City by the end of the year. Mactan Rock will also supply water to four barangays in Compostela.

He said the company is just waiting for barangays that are willing to partner with them.

"The barangay will not spend a single centavo. Instead, they will earn 10 percent of Mactan Rock's earnings in their respective barangays. This on top of the taxes we are obliged to pay them. What we will ask the barangay is for them to help us guard the infrastructure that we will install and to help us read the consumption meters in each household. We will do the collecting," Tompar explained.

He said purifying river water is cheaper compared to desalination of seawater. Supply of river water is also expected to be abundant, especially during the rainy season.

"Aside from bringing water to homes, utilizing river water will also lessen the chances of floods and water wastage," Tompar said.

This project will also make the people aware and be vigilant in taking care of the environment and the water resources to keep it abundant and free from pollution, he added. (PIA/gfg) [top]

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