SUBICWATER Chairman Apollo Tiglao and Morong Power and Water Corporation (MPWC) Vice-President Josefino Sibal shake hands after signing a bulk water supply agreement, which SUBICWATER officials say is “the most practical solution” to the short and medium-term raw water requirements of Olongapo City and Subic Bay Freeport.
Also in photo are (from left) Herbert Consunji, SUBICWATER director; Benjamin Antonio III, SUBICWATER CEO; Nicandro Linao, Chairman of Sta. Clara International Corp.(SCIC), and Jerry Dela Santa, SCIC CFO.
With this partnership, SUBICWATER can get as much as 25 MLD (million liters per day) of water to fill in the growing supply gap in its franchise area, further improve its service levels — especially to the few remaining areas in Barretto and New Cabalan with less than 24/7 supply, and expand its distribution system to support the new communities and business hubs that are in the making.
Construction of facilities required for the bulk water supply is underway, and water from Morong is expected to make its first pass through to the Subic Bay Freeport in the middle of 2019. SUBICWATER will only need to lay a 1.8 kilometer pipeline from the end of its distribution system in the Former Naval Magazine Area up to the Morong Gate of this Freeport to receive the additional water supply.
For the first five years, SUBICWATER will purchase 1.05 MCM of water, with the volume gradually increasing from that time on.