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Loboc gets PDC endorsement for water supply dev't project

Tagbilaran City (18 June) -- Initial steps in placating the development of the Loboc River as a potential source of processed water for Bohol's thirsty towns tentatively shuffled as Mayor Leon Calipusan proposed the resource based project for endorsement.

At the joint meeting of the Provincial Development Council and three more Bohol key groups, Calipusan pushed for the endorsement of a project he called the Loboc Water Supply Development project.

Citing the current need for potable water to enhance Bohol's tourism potential, Calipusan went on to say that the excess water in his town could actually be tapped for domestic, commercial or industrial purposes.

The Loboc river flows at a staggering rate of 56,355 cubic meters a day, the mayor said implying that aside from its being the channel for the famous river cruises, the river could also add up to the town's fiscal resources when used judiciously.

He argued that developing the river resource would ensure sustainable bulk supply of processed water for Loboc and nearby towns as well as elevate the sanitation levels of the watershed areas.

Loboc's successful endorsement for the project officially puts up the proposal on the showcase for interested organizations with a potable water supply in its investment portfolio.

While not necessarily saying that the LGU would own the project, the mayor of the tourism town made famous by its river cruises and singing groups, implied that interested groups can now start opening up their funding and development proposals for the river resource.

Observers also said that Mayor Calipusan's projected project amount is appropriate as the project could operate on a funding somewhere in the vicinity of P800M.

Installation of mainlines, reservoirs and a water processing plant would ensure that the operators would store adequate supply for distribution to its consumers.

Asked as to the mode of the project implementation, Calipusan said his local government is presenting three options: LGU operated utility, an open-access mode where outside investors are invited to invest of any other option subject to the agreements entered into by the local government and the project proponents. (PIA-Bohol) [top]

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