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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