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DOE okays Valencia water project

By Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (18 July) -- A multi-million peso water project will soon be implemented in Valencia town after the Department of Energy (DOE) has given its okay on the project that local officials say would eliminate water supply interruptions and contamination once completed.

Valencia Mayor Rodolfo Gonzalez, Jr. went to Manila on July 11 to facilitate the signing of the memorandum of agreement with Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes for the P4.1 million spring water development project in Sitio Nagabi, Brgy. Puhagan in Valencia, according to Des Tilos, Valencia Information Officer.

Tilos said the DOE funds are made possible through the Energy Regulations 1-94.

Mayor Gonzalez said an additional fund of P1.4M from the municipality's royalty tax surplus will also be used in the project.

Waterworks Supervisor Radi Dinampo has assured water consumers in Valencia that the spring project will solve water service interruptions and water contamination especially during rainy season.

At present, Valencia's water supply is sourced from surface water which Dinampo said is prone to rain floodings.

The water project is expected to generate 60 lps of water which is about 50 percent of the town's current water production.

Dinampo assured consumers that water rates will remain very affordable in Valencia at P4 per cubic meter in excess of the minimum rates.

Meanwhile, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has directed all government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) and government financial institutions (GFIs) to draw up a P500-million special, easily accessible loan program for the livelihood projects of the families and relatives of drivers and conductors of public utility vehicles (PUVs).

The President issued the directive when she addressed the Forum on Alternative Fuel for Public Transport at the Hall A & B of the Philippine Trade and Training Center (PTTC) in Pasay City this morning.

"Today, I take this opportunity to direct all GOCCs and government-financial institutions to craft a special, easily accessible P500-million micro-financing program for the wives and the immediate family members of drivers and conductors of public utility vehicles," the President said. (PIA/RMN) [top]

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