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Article by Iris Gonzales of The Philippine Star

Conglomerates rush to get into lucrative water supply business


MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila may be facing a water shortage but outside the capital region, conglomerates are scrambling to get a share of the lucrative water supply business.

Conglomerates are quietly growing their reach in different cities and provinces with plans to expand all the way to far-flung areas in the country.

Lucio Tan-owned MacroAsia Corp., for instance, is targeting to expand its reach in more cities to supply water.

Lucio “Bong” Tan Jr., the son and namesake of the taipan, said the company is growing its water business outside its flagship projects Nueva Vizcaya and Boracay.

“We’re doing a lot of water projects...We helped clean Boracay as what Kap (Kapitan Lucio Tan) wanted. We’re going to up and coming cities, both urban and rural,” Tan told The STAR in a recent interview.

He said MacroAsia would soon be in Mactan, Cebu and later on in different cities in Mindanao.

“There are a lot more cities that need clean water,” Tan said.

MacroAsia subsidiary MacroAsia Properties Development Corp. (MAPDC) created SNV Resources Development Corp. (SNVRDC) to operate a complete water works system in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.

Aside from this, MacroAsia through MAPDC, also fully owns Naic Water Supply Corp. (NAWASCOR) in Cavite and has a 67 percent stake in Boracay Tubi System Inc. (BTSI).

Ayala Corp., the country’s oldest conglomerate, is also expanding its presence outside Metro Manila.

Its Manila Water Philippines Ventures Inc. (MWVI) recently inked a joint venture agreement with Tubig Pilipinas for the overall development, improvement, and maintenance of Iloilo City’s water supply system.

A city ordinance granted a 25-year franchise to the joint venture partnership with the intention to expand its services to the surrounding municipalities of Mandurriao, Arevalo, Molo, La Paz, Lapuz and Jaro.

This is also where the mega townships of Ayala Land and Megaworld are located, as well as the SM Supermall, which is touted to be the second biggest shopping mall in the Visayas.

“Tubig Pilipinas, together with Manila Water, is looking forward to service the people of Metro Iloilo by offering a safe and stable water supply system that can respond to their daily needs,” said Tubig Pilipinas president and CEO Ryan Yapkianwee.

Tubig Pilipinas Group Inc. is engaged in the business of supplying, distributing, operating, and managing water systems. The company is currently operating in major cities and towns in Pangasinan, Isabela, Cavite and Negros. It is a subsidiary of Pure Energy Holdings Corp.

Aside from this, Manila Water Philippines also supplies water in areas in Laguna, through LagunaAAA Water Corp. Boracay through Boracay Island Water Co., Clark through Water Corp. and other townships developed by Ayala Land.

Its Cebu Manila Water Development Inc. also provides bulk water in the province of Cebu.

Villar-owned Prime Water Ventures Inc., which is said to be the top water supplier outside Metro Manila, also has a planned joint venture with the Dasmariñas Local Water District for the water supply of all 75 barangays in Dasmariñas City.

Aside from this, the company has several other water supply projects outside Metro Manila established through joint venture agreements with local water districts.

Industry estimates show that the company already supplies more than 50 percent of the water needs outside Metro Manila.

Actual article at https://www.philstar.com/business/2019/04/01/1906161/conglomerates-rush-get-lucrative-water-supply-business


Article by Danessa Rivera of The Philippine Star

Manila Water, Tubig Pilipinas secure 25-year Iloilo franchise


MANILA, Philippines — Subsidiaries of Manila Water Co. Inc. and Pure Energy Holdings Corp. have secured the franchise to upgrade Metro Iloilo’s water supply system.

The consortium of Manila Water Philippines Ventures Inc. (MWVI) and Tubig Pilipinas Group Inc. (TPGI) recently inked a joint venture agreement (JVA) for the development, improvement, and maintenance of Iloilo City’s water supply system.

“Tubig Pilipinas, together with Manila Water, is looking forward to service the people of Metro Iloilo by offering a safe and stable water supply system that can respond to their daily needs,” Tubig Pilipinas president and chief executive officer Ryan Yapkianwee said.

Under the city ordinance granting the franchise for the JVA, the consortium will be responsible for the construction and operation of a reliable and adequate water supply system in Metro Iloilo.

The 25-year franchise covers surrounding municipalities of Mandurriao, Arevalo, Molo, La Paz, Lapuz and Jaro.

This is also where the mega townships of Ayala Land and Megaworld are located, as well as the SM Supermall, which is touted to be the second biggest shopping mall in the Visayas.

Tubig Pilipinas said it is prepared to respond to the expected surge of demand by businesses for a more potable water supply in Iloilo City.

“As more retail businesses and townships continue to invest in the city, our consortium will focus on improving existing water supply facilities and provide better water services to households and businesses for a steady water supply,” Yapkianwee said.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) reported that Western Visayas enjoyed 8.4 percent GDP growth in 2017, making it the fourth fastest growing regional economy in the country.

Iloilo City is considered as the economic and investments center of the region.

The local government said a credible water system must be maintained in order to respond to the growing demands of Iloilo City.

Last January, TPGI bagged the P600-million Nabua Water District (NAWAD) water supply deal in Camarines Sur, growing its footprint beyond the Visayas region.

Under the deal, TPGI will be in charge of the water supply and septage systems of NAWAD for 30 years until the year 2049, and is renewable for another 20 years.

Actual article at https://www.philstar.com/business/2019/03/28/1905066/manila-water-tubig-pilipinas-secure-25-year-iloilo-franchise


Article by Emme Rose Santiagudo of Business World

Manila Water unit, Tubig Pilipinas bag Iloilo project



ILOILO CITY — Manila Water Philippine Ventures, Inc. (MWPV) and Tubig Pilipinas Group, Inc. (TPGI) have been granted a franchise by the local council to establish and operate a water distribution system in parts of Iloilo City.

Councilor Plaridel C. Nava II, chair of the committee on public utilities and among eight that voted in favor of the ordinance, said the non-exclusive franchise valid for 25 years applies to MWPV and TPGI or their designated joint venture company.

MWPV, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ayala group’s Manila Water Company, Inc., already has a partnership with TPGI for a project in Malasiqui, Pangasinan.

MWPV-TPGI tandem is the third to secure a franchise from the city council after South Balibago Resources, Inc. (SBRI), and the Villar group’s Prime Water Infrastructure Corp.

Mr. Nava said the MWPV-TPGI partnership is expected to prioritize coverage of the Mandurriao district.

“It appears that Manila Water applied for a franchise way ahead of the application of Prime Water whose water franchise has been approved a few months ago. That being so, there is no reason to deny the application of Manila Water when this committee and the same sanggunian (council) have granted the franchise of Prime Water, given the similarity of its application,” Mr. Nava said.

In his committee report, Mr. Nava noted that MWPV presented its proposal on Nov. 15, 2017.

“Majority of the people of Iloilo City have expressed their dissatisfaction with the current water system due to poor quality of service, recurrent water shortages, and a significant percentage of unserved areas in Iloilo City, hence the people have instead resorted to the alternative water rationing system,” the ordinance granting the franchise stated.

Councilor Eduardo L. Peñaredondo also said that the city’s main water distributor, Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD), has failed to cope with Iloilo’s growth.

“MIWD has miserably failed to perform its duties and franchise and authority that has been given to them to deliver water to its inhabitants… We have to do our duty as representatives of the people in order to promote progress to our people,” Mr. Peñaredondo said.

On the other hand, Councilor Ely A. Estante, who was among the five council members who abstained from the vote, said he first wants a clarification on whether the council has the power to grant such franchise.

“Although there is lack of supply of water but at the same it is ultra vires or it is beyond the power of the SP (Sangguniang Panlungsod) to grant a franchise,” he said.

MIWD has filed cases in court against the Iloilo City government and SBRI, and has said that it is preparing to do the same against Prime Water.

Amarylis Josephine C. Castro, MIWD Finance Department manager and chairperson of Bulk Water Supply Project Management Team, reiterated their position that the city government has no authority to grant a franchise.

“We maintain the same stand when they granted the franchise to Prime Water. Our stand remains that the authority to grant franchise is on the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) and not the city government,” she told BusinessWorld.

Ms. Castro added that they are open to competition provided that the correct legal procedures are observed.

“Water is not an exclusive thing. We are not questioning the exclusivity because water is a basic need. It is not the competition per se, in fact we welcome it, but it should be done in the legal process,” she said.

For his part, TPGI President and CEO, Ryan Yapkianwee said in a statement that the company and Manila Water are “looking forward to service the people of Metro Iloilo by offering a safe and stable water supply system that can respond to their daily needs.”

A unit of Pure Energy Holdings Corporation, TPGI is currently operating in cities and towns in Pangasinan, Isabela, Cavite, and Negros.

Actual article at https://www.bworldonline.com/manila-water-unit-tubig-pilipinas-bag-iloilo-project/


Article by Danessa Rivera of The Philippine Star

Pure Energy Holdings Corp. bags P600-million water supply deal

MANILA, Philippines — The water unit of Pure Energy Holdings Corp. has bagged the P600-million Nabua water supply deal in Camarines Sur, growing its footprint beyond the Visayas region.

Pure Energy said its subsidiary Tubig Pilipinas Group Inc. (TPGI) has been issued a notice of award on the P600-million joint venture project by the Nabua Water District (NAWAD) in the municipality of Nabua, Camarines Sur.

This covers the overall design, construction, and management of the water supply and septage system of NAWAD.

Under the deal, TPGI will be in charge of the water supply and septage systems of NAWAD for 30 years until the year 2049, and is renewable for another 20 years.

Nabua is a first class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur that has three existing potable water supply systems: NAWAD, Duran Water System and Sagumay Water System.

As of June 2017, NAWAD supplies water to 39 barangays of Nabua. It currently draws 60,000 cu. m from Santiago Old Pumping Station and 45,000 cu.m from Baao Water District and Iriga City Water District, respectively.

This is the company’s fourth bulk water project to-date, three of which are located in the Visayas region.

“We are beginning to build our footprint as this is our fourth project,” TPGI president and CEO Ryan Yapkianwee said.

“Our joint venture with NAWAD will be a step closer to our goal of providing more efficient and cost effective water supply systems in the Philippines, especially to the underserved areas,” he added.

TPGI has operations in Cadiz City which is set to supply 4,000 households and another in the Calbayog City with the concession closed in December.

“We look forward to closing more long term contracts in the near future, that may include some areas in Mindanao and Northern Luzon,” Yapkianwee said.

TPGI is engaged in the business of supplying, distributing, operating and managing water systems.

With its affiliate Princess Urduja Waterworks System Inc., it is operating in major cities and towns in Pangasinan, Isabela, Cavite, and Negros.

Pure Energy Holdings Corp. is an investment holding company that aims to strategically acquire assets, develop natural resources that are sustainable.

It is currently engaged in renewable energy and bulk water services and or distribution to various cities, municipalities, and communities in the Philippines.

Actual article at https://www.philstar.com/business/2019/02/01/1889750/pure-energy-holdings-corp-bags-p600-million-water-supply-deal


Article by League Online News

Tubig Pilipinas Bags P600M Nabua Water Supply Deal

CAMARINES SUR — Tubig Pilipinas Group Inc. (TPGI) has been issued a Notice of Award on the P600 million joint venture project by the Nabua Water District (NAWAD) on January 30, 2019 for the overall design, construction, and management of the water supply and septage system of Nabua Water District in the Municipality of Nabua, Camarines Sur.

Tubig Pilipinas will be in charge of the water supply and septage systems of NAWAD for thirty years until the year 2049, and is renewable for another twenty years.

“We look forward to our partnership with Tubig Pilipinas. They have been serving sustainable waterworks systems all over the country and have proven to be capable of providing potable, safe and reliable water,” said Jayson Santiago Hernandez, Chairperson of Nabua Water District Joint Venture Selection Committee.

Tubig Pilipinas is one of the fastest growing bulk water suppliers, water distribution systems and wastewater management companies in the country today.

“We are beginning to build our footprint in Visayas, as this is our 4th project here. We have a bulk water project currently supplying Bacolod City and expanding to phase 2. Our operations in Cadiz City are set to supply 4,000 households which is home to 20,000 people, and another is the Calbayog City concession that we recently closed in December. Our joint venture with NAWAD will be a step closer to our goal of providing more efficient and cost effective water supply systems in the Philippines, especially to the underserved areas,” said Ryan Yapkianwee, President and CEO of TPGI.

Nabua is a first class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur that has three existing potable water supply systems: NAWAD, Duran Water System and Sagumay Water System.

As of June 2017, NAWAD supplies water to 39 barangays of Nabua. It currently draws 60,000 cu. m from Santiago Old Pumping Station and 45,000 cu.m from Baao Water District and Iriga City Water District respectively.

TubigPilipinas Group, Inc. is engaged with the business of supplying, distributing, operating and managing water systems. The company currently is operating in major cities and towns in Pangasinan, Isabela, Cavite, and Negros.

Actual article at https://leagueonlinenews.com/news/tubig-pilipinas-bags-p600m-nabua-water-supply-deal/


Article by Victor V. Saulon of BusinessWorld

Tubig Pilipinas bags Nabua water project


Ayala-led Manila Water Company, Inc. is now forming a joint venture (JV) company in Western Samar after being awarded the contract to provide water and wastewater services in Calbayog City.

TUBIG PILIPINAS Group, Inc. has been awarded a P600-million joint venture project by the Nabua Water District to develop and handle the water supply and septage system of Nabua town in Camarines Sur province, the company said on Thursday.

Ryan Yapkianwee, president and chief executive officer of Tubig Pilipinas, said the project moves the company closer to its goal of providing more efficient and cost-effective water supply systems in the Philippines, including the underserved areas.

“We look forward to closing more long term contracts in the near future, that may include some areas in Mindanao and Northern Luzon,” he said in a statement.

The notice of award for the Nabua project was given on Jan. 30. It covers the overall design, construction, and management of the water supply and septage system of the town’s water district.

Tubig Pilipinas will be in charge of the water supply and septage systems of Nabua for 30 years until the year 2049. The contract is renewable for another 20 years.

As of mid-2017, Nabua’s water district supplies water to 39 barangays of the municipality. It draws 60,000 cubic meters from Santiago Old Pumping Station and 45,000 cubic meters from Baao Water District and Iriga City Water District.

Mr. Yapkianwee said the company is beginning to build its footprint in the Visayas, with several projects in the area.

“We have a bulk water project currently supplying Bacolod City and expanding to phase 2. Our operations in Cadiz City are set to supply 4,000 households which is home to 20,000 people, and another is the Calbayog City concession that we recently closed in December,” he said.

Tubig Pilipinas quoted Jayson Santiago Hernandez, chairperson of Nabua Water District joint venture selection committee, as saying: “We look forward to our partnership with Tubig Pilipinas. They have been serving sustainable waterworks systems all over the country and have proven to be capable of providing potable, safe and reliable water.”

It described Nabua as a first class municipality with three existing potable water supply systems: Nabua Water District, Duran Water System and Sagumay Water System.

Tubig Pilipinas, a unit of Pure Energy Holdings Corp., supplies, distributes, operates and manages water systems. It currently operates in cities and towns in Pangasinan, Isabela, Cavite and Negros.

Actual article at https://www.bworldonline.com/tubig-pilipinas-bags-nabua-water-project/


Article by Madelaine B. Miraflor of Manila Bulletin Business

MWC forms P1.2-B JV for Calbayog water supply

Ayala-led Manila Water Company, Inc. is now forming a joint venture (JV) company in Western Samar after being awarded the contract to provide water and wastewater services in Calbayog City.


MWC logo (Photo courtesy of www.manilawater.com/)

Calbayog City serves as the commercial and industrial center of the province of Western Samar. It has a total estimated population of 194,000.

Manila Water said in a statement that it had already received the Notice of Award from the Calbayog City Water District (CCWD) for the implementation of an integrated water supply and sanitation project, to be carried out under a joint venture framework.

The contract covers the design, construction, rehabilitation, operation, maintenance, financing, expansion, and management of water and wastewater systems in the city of Calbayog, as well as other areas which may eventually form part of the service coverage of CCWD in the Province of Samar.

Manila Water now intends to form a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with its local partner, Tubig Pilipinas Group, Inc., to implement the project with an estimated capital expenditure of P1.2 billion under a contractual joint venture with CCWD.

As of 2017, CCWD has 13,097 water service connections, with a service coverage of only 32 percent and an effective water tariff of P39.4 per cubic meter. The project has a potential billed volume of about 30 million liters per day.

The joint venture agreement will grant the SPV the exclusive right to manage, operate, maintain, repair, refurbish and improve, expand and as appropriate, decommission, the facilities of CCWD.

The SPV shall also be given the right to bill and collect tariff for the provision of water supply and sanitation services in the service area.

Actual article at https://business.mb.com.ph/2018/12/28/mwc-forms-p1-2-b-jv-for-calbayog-water-supply/


Article by Ted Cordero/VDS of GMA News

Manila Water consortium gets P1.40-B contract to service San Jose, Nueva Ecija

A consortium of Ayala-led Manila Water Co. Inc. has secured the contract to service the water supply needs of San Jose in Nueva Ecija.

Manila Water, wholly-owned subsidiary Manila Water Philippine Ventures Inc., and Tubig Pilipinas Group Inc. received a notice of award from the San Jose City Water District – Nueva Ecija (SJCWD), the company said in a regulatory filing submitted by compliance officer Darwin Mendoza.

The project covers the implementation of design, construction, improvement, upgrade, rehabilitation, maintenance, operation, financing, expansion, and management of the water supply system of San Jose City. It also calls for providing water and sanitation services of the water district.

The project has an estimated capital expenditure program of over P1.399 billion over the 25-year contract period and is estimated to have a billed volume of about 21 million liters per day by year 25.

The consortium and the water district are signing a joint venture deal that will give the Manila Water group, as contractor, “the sole right to develop, manage, operate, maintain, repair, refurbish and improve, expand and as appropriate, decommission, the facilities in the service area, including the right to bill and collect tariff for water and sanitation services supplied in the service area of SJCWD.”

Manila Water holds the concession rights to the east zone of Metro Manila and Rizal province. These include Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasig, Pateros, San Juan, Taguig, Marikina, and parts of Quezon City and Manila. The towns of Angono, Baras, Binangonan, Cainta, Cardona, Jalajala, Morong, Pililia, Rodriguez, Tanay, Taytay, Teresa, San Mateo and Antipolo in the province of Rizal are also part of the East Zone concession.

Actual article at https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/companies/679443/manila-water-consortium-gets-p1-40-b-contract-to-service-san-jose-nueva-ecija/story/


Article by Alena Mae S. Flores of Manila Standard

Manila Water wins deal to run San Jose water supply

The consortium of Manila Water Company Inc., its wholly-owned unit Manila Water Philippine Ventures Inc. and Tubig Pilipinas Group Inc. on Wednesday said it received the notice of award to manage the water supply of the San Jose City Water District–Nueva Ecija.

The award involves the implementation of the joint venture project for the design, construction, improvement, upgrade, rehabilitation, maintenance, operation, financing, expansion and management of the water supply system and the provision of water and sanitation services of the SJCWD in the city of San Jose, Nueva Ecija province.

“Upon completion of the conditions precedent specified in the notice, the consortium and the SJCWD shall enter into a joint venture agreement that will grant the consortium... the sole right to develop, manage, operate, maintain, repair... and improve the facilities in the service area...,” Manila Water disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange Wednesday.

The project has an estimated capital expenditure program of over P1.399 billion over the 25-year contract period. It is estimated to have a billed volume of about 21 million liters per day by the 25th year.

Manila Water has been actively pursuing projects this year. It received notice of awards for a various project around the country in the last quarter.

The company through a joint venture also won a contract for the rehabilitation, expansion, and management of the water supply system of Lambunao Water District in Lambunao, Iloilo.

The joint venture activity will be undertaken by Aqua Centro MWPV Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manila Water through Manila Water Philippine Ventures Inc. MWPV is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manila Water.

Manila Water won the concession from the Calinog Water District, also in Iloilo. Aqua Centro will undertake the water project.

MWPV earlier signed and executed a joint venture agreement with Tubig Pilipinas.

Under the deal, MWPV and Tubig Pilipinas will incorporate a joint venture to operate and manage the water supply facilities in the municipality of Malasiqui, Pangasinan.

Actual article at http://manilastandard.net/business/power-technology/283849/manila-water-wins-deal-to-run-san-jose-water-supply.html


Article by Jordeene B. Lagare of www.manilatimes.net

Manila Water ties up with Tubig Pilipinas


MANILA Water Co. Inc., through Manila Water Philippine Ventures Inc. (MWPV), its subsidiary for wastewater processing and maintenance services, signed a joint venture agreement with Tubig Pilipinas Group Inc. (TPGI) to undertake water supply projects in Pangasinan. The accord entails to “establish, construct, operate, manage, repair and maintain the water supply systems and facilities” in the municipality of Malasiqui for 25 years. TGPI has been in the pipe manufacturing industry for 50 years and holds more than 30 years of experience in bulk water supply, water distribution system and wastewater management. Last month, MWPV bagged a P742-million contract to build water supply and sanitation services in San Fabian, Pangasinan. Under the 25-year franchise, the project, with estimated capital expenditure of P742 million, is expected to be operational by 2019. In June last year, Manila Water also signed a 25-year joint venture agreement with Calasiao Water District to construct and operate water supply system in the area. Calasiao Water is a joint venture between Manila Water and CWD which started servicing four villages — Ambuetel, Nagsaing, Lumbang and Doyong — in March this year.

Actual article at https://www.manilatimes.net/manila-water-ties-up-with-tubig-pilipinas/469323/


Article by Catherine Talavera of The Philippine Star

Manila Water signs joint venture for Isabela, Pangasinan water projects

In photo are (seated, from left) TGPI chief operating officer Conrad Belisario; Manila Water Philippine Ventures president and CEO Virgilio Rivera Jr; TGPI president Ryan Yapkianwee; Filipinas Water president Abelardo Basilio; with Manila Water Co. Inc. president and CEO Ferdinand dela Cruz (standing); and the rest of Manila Water Philippine Ventures North Luzon Regional Business Development team headed by Robert Baffrey (8th standing).


MANILA, Philippines - Manila Water Co. Inc. has signed two joint venture agreement (JVA) to provide water services in Isabela and Pangasinan.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, the company said its wholly-owned subsidiary Manila Water Philippine Ventures (MWPV) signed an agreement with Tubig Pilipinas Group Inc. to provide waters services in the municipality of Malasiqui, Pangasinan.

The two companies shall incorporate a joint venture company (JVC) to implement the project.

Under the JVA, MPWV and TPGI shall own 50 percent each.

The initial subscribed and paid-up capital of the JVC is P35 million and P8.75 million, respectively, with each party subscribing to P17.5 million worth of shares.

The project will be implemented over a 25-year period.

In a separate disclosure, Manila Water said MWPV entered into a partnership with the City of Ilagan Water District (CIWD) to develop, operate and maintain bulk water supply in Ilagan City, Isabela.

Under the JVA, FWHC and CIWD shall own 90 percent and 10 percent, respectively of the JVC.

Actual article at https://www.philstar.com/business/2018/11/17/1869171/manila-water-signs-joint-venture-isabela-pangasinan-water-projects


Article by Jon Viktor Cabuenas/VDS of GMA News

Manila Water ties up with Tubig Pilipinas

Tubig Pilipinas Group Inc. was the lone prequalification bidder that submitted documents for the government’s P84-million Baggao Water Supply Project, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center said on Thursday.

The prequalification bidding was done on Tuesday, March 6, at the Baggao Municipal Hall, the PPP Center said in an emailed statement.

According to its corporate profile, Tubig Pilipinas was formed as a result of the partnership among the owners and founders of Princess Urduja Waterworks System Inc., Quadcore Construction and Development Corporation, Repower Energy Development Corporation, and Coal Asia Holdings Inc.

"They have combined their strengths and brought together their vast experience in bulk water supply, water distribution, waste water management, value engineering and construction expertise, steel and PE pipe manufacturing, strategic corporate development, corporate finance, and investment banking,” it said.

Should it bag the project, Tubig Pilipinas proposed to build a whole supply network including bulk water source, storage facilities, and transmission and distribution pipes for Baggao in the province of Cagayan.

The concession period is 25 years, during which the 24 barangays of Baggao should have sufficient water supply.

During the prequalification conference on January 23, two other firms—Eco-System Technologies and Northking Construction—have expressed interest in the project.

Actual article at https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/companies/645887/tubig-pilipinas-is-lone-prequalification-bidder-for-p84-m-baggao-water-project/story/


Article by sunstar.com.ph

Cebu-based provider to supply Bacolod


COMMERCIAL operations are expected to start in October for the bulk supply water project undertaken by Cebu-based bulk water provider Mactan Rock Industries Inc. (MRII) in Bacolod City. MRII chairman Antonio Tompar, in an interview yesterday, said the first phase of the estimated P800-million project will start operating by mid-October this year. The Bacolod projects form part of the company’s expansion plans in the Visayas and Mindanao areas. MRII and the Bacolod City Water District, along with partners TGV Builders, Inc. and Tubig Pilipinas Group, Inc. have signed the 25-year contract for bulk water supply last year. The project would initially supply 10,000 cubic meters of bulk water per day each for the north and south injection points of Bacolod and would later expand up to 75,000 cubic meters of water per day each, after 10 years. Tompar said the company won the bid for offering the cheapest price of water. Water in Bacolod (north) is priced P8.85 per cubic meter while in the south is at P9.85 per cubic meter. MRII has over 50 bulk water supply plants spread across the country. Tompar said that with the water scarcity faced by the country, many local government units, businesses and industries have turned to desalinated water to ensure continuous water supply. Desalination is the process of removing dissolved salts from water, thus producing fresh water from seawater or brackish water.

Actual article at http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/business/2017/09/05/cebu-based-provider-supply-bacolod-562206


Article by bworldonline.com

Tubig Pilipinas to set up water, sewerage system in Echague town


TUBIG PILIPINAS, a subsidiary of Pure Energy Holdings Corp., will begin construction of a water and sewerage system in Echague, Isabela by the fourth quarter this year. In a statement, the company said the project’s first phase, involving water supply, is expected to be completed in the first quarter next year. Once operational, about 80,000 residents of the first-class municipality will have potable water supply at home. “This project hopes to bring convenience to the residents of Echague. Hopefully, with water flowing into their homes, we are able to raise the quality of living in this province,” said Tubig Pilipinas President Ryan T. Yapkianwee. The Echague Water Supply, Sewage, and Septic Utility Project covers a management and maintenance service for a period of 25 years. Tubig Pilipinas was granted the authority to undertake the project through a municipal resolution issued Dec. 5, 2016. Tubig Pilipinas also has projects in the cities of Bacolod and Cadiz in Negros Occidental, three areas in Cavite, and Sual, Pangasinan.

Actual article at http://bworldonline.com/tubig-pilipinas-set-water-sewerage-system-echague-town/


Article by The Daily Tribune

Potable water to flow in Isabela households


Article by Merlinda A. Pedrosa of Sun Star Bacolod

P1-B Bulk Water Project Kicks Off


THE groundbreaking for the P1.1-billion Bacolod Bulk Water Supply Project on a 2,500-square meter lot in Abada-Escay Road, Barangay Granada was held Monday for the start of the construction of water treatment plant.

The groundbreaking rites was attended by personnel of Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. (BBWI), Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) along with the city and barangay officials.

Ryan Yapkianwee, chairman of BBWI, said that on September 15, 2016, they received a notice to proceed from Baciwa.

He said the BBWI will start supplying potable water to Baciwa in the fourth quarter of 2017.

"Our combined technologies will be soon be commercially ready to address Bacolod City’s bulk water needs and relieve pressure on Baciwa’s dwindling well water supply," Yapkianwee added.

BBWI will use the Ngalan River in Barangay Granada as surface water source.

The construction of the water system covers the water treatment plant with an initial capacity of 30,000 cubic meters per day for the two injection points, escalating to 150,000 cubic meters per day through a 20-kilometer long water supply pipeline directly connected to the reservoirs of Baciwa located at Barangays Granada and Mansilingan.

Yapkianwee said the project will utilize at least six million cubic meters of water each year from BBWI’s surface water sources.

He added that the project will provide immediate access to quality and affordable water to Bacolod residents for a healthier environment, improving sanitation and hygiene conditions.

The bulk water project will provide water supply to Baciwa at a blended rate of P9.35 per cubic meter.

"The 25-year bulk water supply contract signed on March 22, 2016 between Baciwa and a consortium led by Tubig Pilipinas Group Inc., Mactan Rock Industries, and TVG Builders Inc., formed a special purpose called BBWI to undertake this project," he added.

Yapkianwee said they have complied with all the requirements and are securing permits to start the construction.

He said at least four surface water sources will be utilized, including three rivers in Injection Point 1, and one river in Injection Point 2.

The BBWI is using Baciwa’s water rights permit and after seven years, they will turn over the system to the Baciwa management for free.

"Hopefully, with this project we will not only be able to supply water shortage, but will also be able to help the new applicants for the new developments in Bacolod," Yapkianwee said.

Engineer Mario Macatangay, general manager of Baciwa, said the bulk water project will augment the shortage of water supply in the city. Macatangay admitted that Baciwa is short on water supply by an estimated five million liters per day.

"The production of this facility (bulk water project) is 15 million liters per day so by October next year, we hope that we can serve our consumers better," he said.

Macatangay said there are areas in Bacolod with only four to six hours of water supply.

"This project has been long awaited and we will show to our critics that we are really keen on pursuing our objectives of providing potable water to all consumers of Baciwa," he added.


Article by Edge Davao

Pure Energy: Young engineers to drive future of water utilities


Tubig Pilipinas, a subsidiary of Pure Energy Holdings Corporation, believes the country’s young engineers can be the driving force that would help ensure sustainable water supplies for the country’s far-flung communities.

Elsa Mejia, Tubig Pilipinas advisor, said the nation’s future engineers can help to positively influence issues relating to the country’s water resources amidst increasingly complex environmental challenges.

“Young engineers can scale up water utilities and secure potable water systems by raising awareness and capacity to solve the country’s risks from lowering water supply and by changing our approach to bringing long-lasting water security to various communities,” she noted during the “Engineering Beyond Borders” conference organized by the Engineering College Government of the De La Salle University (DLSU).

Mejia, a former World Bank consultant for water vending, pointed out that the engineers of today should view water security more proactively, and engage themselves from a different “vantage point,” while taking into account the available technology at their disposal.

“We have to stress the importance of water”, Mejia said. “Our technologies today can support the upkeep of potable drinking water for all Filipinos.”

“Not many of us realize how much work and investment are needed to supply clean drinking water, and we need to continue to stand ready to provide critical infrastructure in the countryside where we can add value,” she added.

According to Mejia, young engineers can also assist underdeveloped communities to access to sustainable, potable and safe water by lending their expertise to scale up supply in these areas.

Meanwhile, Victor Lee, chief financial officer of Pure Energy presented DLSU students and other delegates with a feasibility study of micro hydropower systems, as he explained their huge potential for ushering development in remote communities.

In his presentation, Lee noted that while micro hydropower systems can generate electricity for some provinces, they are also difficult to maintain because of the poor accountability shown by some cooperatives due to two main factors: organizational nature of micro hydropower projects, and the lack of financing.

“But with government support and public investments, we can maximize and invest in renewables and give greater importance and priority to microscale hydropower projects,” he said.

Lee also talked about the various technologies available in hydropower generation and their potential application in underdeveloped communities wherein the lack of electricity is a major concern.

“There is a need for financing options to generate renewable energy, and at the same time, help the natural environment with modern and sustainable technology at a micro scale,” Lee said.

“We hope to be able to encourage individuals and young Filipino engineers to come up with cheaper technologies for hydro power, and also help the nation to produce renewable energy at reduced prices,” he added.

Tubig Pilipinas Group, Inc. (TPGI), a water utility company focused on providing clean potable water to communities, was established as a result of the shared vision of the owners, and founders of Princess Urduja Waterworks System Inc., Quadcore Construction and Development Corporation, and Repower Energy Development Corporation.

These companies are engaged in several key industries which include water supply, water distribution, waste water processing, value engineering and construction expertise, steel and PE pipe manufacturing, strategic corporate development, corporate finance, and investment banking, The combined strength of these firms enabled them to establish Tubig Pilipinas Group, Inc., a water utility company that envisions to make a difference in the industry, and help uplift the lives of the nation’s marginalized communities. (PureEnergy)


Article by Danessa Rivera of The Philippine Star

Pure Energy Holdings To Build Bulk Water Plants


MANILA, Philippines - Local investment holding firm Pure Energy Holdings Corp. (PEHC) has committed to put up low-impact renewable energy and gravitational designed bulk water supply plants across the country to help mitigate water risks and meet the targets of the Philippines for sustainable development, especially in the midst of the El Niño phenomenon.

PEHC CEO Dexter Tiu said the country lacks a cohesive and sustainable blueprint to overcome the looming threat of severe water shortage by 2040, according to a study by World Resources Institute (WRI).

"We need to address today's water problems by investing in renewables and engaging in studies for water use especially at local and national levels," he said.

Through its subsidiary, Tubig Pilipinas, PEHC provides clean and sustainable potable water supply across major cities and towns in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

It has several water systems and projects in development in Trece Martires, Sual, Labrador, Cadiz, Bacolod, several around the One Negros region and in Mindanao.

The firm implemented run-of-river hydroelectric power plants as an alternative to traditional dam facilities to ensure lesser impact on freshwater dependency, carbon dioxide emission and aquatic ecosystem.

"In servicing potable water and clean energy in the Philippines, our technology does not destroy waterways nor disrupt the natural flow of water," Tiu said.

PEHC also makes strategic acquisition and investment in existing and new hydropower plants through renewable energy subsidiary Repower Energy Development Corp. (REDC)

Its current projects include over 100 megawatts (MW) of mini-hydropower projects with a capital cost of over $400 million.

REDC has recently acquired three of the Philippines' oldest operating plants, Philippine Power and Development Company which started in 1927.

"We will continue to search for more viable mini-hydropower projects and develop more water systems, aiming to be a leader in the renewable energy industry and supporting the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6)," Tiu said.

PEHC also invests in community development and livelihood programs through implementation of its social responsibility and nonprofit initiatives.

"We are also committed to the preservation of Philippine rain forests. We are coordinating with local authorities to ensure protection of our remaining rain forests from illegal loggers and are implementing tree planting activities," Tiu said.


Article by Chrysee Samillano of The Visayan Daily Star

P900M bulk water contract inked


Officials of Bacolod City Water District and the consortium Mactan Rock Industries, Inc., TGV Builders Inc. and Tubig Pilipinas Group, Inc. signed a 25-year contract for the implementation of the approximately P900 million worth of bulk water supply project for Bacolod City last night.

The signing held at the Baciwa Board room at about 8 p.m. yesterday in time with the observance of World Water Day, was witnessed by Baciwa chairman Ma. Aida Torre, Director David Villanueva, Assistant General Manager for Operations Genelyn Gemora, Baciwa Union president Claudio Salmo and Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella.

The 25-year contract was signed by Baciwa general manager Mario Macatangay together with other principal signatories, Simplicio Belisario and his son, Conrado Belisario, president and corporate secretary of TGV Builder, respectively; Antonio Carmelo Tompar of Mactan Rock Industries and Ryan Wesley Yapkianwee of Tubig Pilipinas.

Torre said that after the signing of the contract they will issue the consortium a notice to proceed so they can start the project already.

She said the three companies will form a joint venture under a new name Bacolod Bulk Water, Inc. After they signed the deed of undertaking last month, the three companies have committed to come up with the registration of the joint venture company within three months or even sooner, and this incorporation is stipulated in their contract with Baciwa, she said.

Torre said they expect day one of the delivery after 18 months following the issuance of the notice to proceed, which they expect to issue as soon as possible.

She said they know that water supply in Bacolod is inadequate but they are looking forward to the start of the bulk water supply project and given a little time, they will be able to address the problem.

Tompar of Mactan Rock Industries said they have 18 months to deliver water supply and they have already made representation with the National Water Resources Board insofar as their water rights permit is concerned.

Tompar said they are the first bulk water supplier in the country and have long term experience in the business. They also hope to deliver better service in the implementation of the project, he said.

The bulk water supply project requires the supplier to provide Baciwa with potable water sourced from springs or surface water only at a minimum volume of 10,000 cubic meters to a maximum of 15,000 cubic meters per day per injection point for the first year with increasing volume over the contract period.

It has an Approved Budget Capital at a fixed price of P10 per cubic meter, equivalent to P54,750,000 for the first year for each injection point for 25 years.

Macatangay said the bid price offered by the consortium for injection point 1 per cubic meter is P8.85 and P9.85 for injection point 2, which is below the ceiling of Baciwa.

The two injection points are located at the ground reservoir in Hda. Loygoy, Brgy. Granada for injection point 1 with 9,842 cubic, he said.

Meanwhile, Puentevella said he is very positive that the project of Baciwa will address the water problem in Bacolod. This will boost water supply and would be a big help in enticing investors to the city, he said.

He congratulated Baciwa for the project and said that they are looking forward to a better water system in Bacolod City.

Torre said that since they have already signed the contract, they can invite the Utilities Consumers Alliance of Negros and other interested parties to see all the documents since they want the public to understand what the project is all about.*CGS