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Expansion of Estancia water system underway with LWUA aid

Iloilo City (5 October) -- The Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) will help the water district of the municipality of Estancia improve its water supply system with a P30-million financial assistance package.

The program of work for the project includes among others the drilling of additional wells, provision of electro-mechanical and chlorination equipment, installation of new transmission and distribution pipes including valves and hydrants, construction of a new reservoir, provision of power line extension and standby equipment, installation of service connections, and provision of NRW reduction program.

Estancia Mayor Restituto Mosqueda said they are thankful to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for the project which he said will bring a more efficient and wider coverage for the residents of his municipality.

Estancia Water District General Manager Engr. Rodney Agregado said the project, located in Barangay Bayuyan, was conceived to upgrade the facilities and expand the capability of the 22-year old water district to provide potable water to its service area, which presently covers five barangays in the town's poblacion with some 600 connections.

The Estancia Water District was formed on October 9, 1987 and started its operations in 1988.

The new financial assistance is the second to be availed of so far by the water district from LWUA. It first received a loan from the water agency to the tune of P4.25 million between 1988 and 2003.

The Sangguniang Bayan of the municipality has duly endorsed the new financial assistance.

Estancia, situated about 135 kilometers from here, is noted as a center of commercial fishing in the country owing to its abundant marine resources. It is for this reason that the town has earned the moniker as the "Alaska of the Philippines.

Estancia lies in the Visayan Sea triangle, an imaginary triangle extending from the provinces of Iloilo, Negros, Cebu, Samar, and Masbate. This triangle is part of theSulu-Sulawesi Triangle of the Sulu Sea and neighboring Indonesia where a large concentration of marine organisms coupled with climate conditions support a massive marine ecosystem.

Various commercial fish species are harvested along Estancia's waters, namely mackerel, barracuda, sardines, shad, pompano, grouper, squid, cuttlefish, shrimp, prawns, shells, seaweed, and others.

The municipality is taking steps together with the national government and private sector towards the development and protection of local marine resources. (PIA 6-JSC) [top]

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