1st water project under Duterte: SMC’s Bulacan water project to start Jan. 13 – MWSS
San Miguel Corp.’s P24.4-billion Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project (BBWSP) will start commercial operations on Sunday (January 13), according to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).
MWSS Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco lauded lauded Ramon S. Ang, chairman and chief executive officer of SMC, for the speedy completion of the flagship project or one month ahead of target, the first major water project to be completed and inaugurated under the Duterte administration.
“This underscores the good working relations between MWSS and Luzon Clean Water that will surely benefit the people of Bulacan. While the Bulacan Bulk water project was started by the Aquino administration in 2012, it is the first major water project to be completed during Duterte’s term,” he said
The BBWSP started its dry run operations last December 17, initially giving free water to four areas in Bulacan namely Obando, Meycauayan City, Marilao and Bocaue.
Ang said the project would provide millions of residents from 24 localities in Bulacan ready access to fresh, potable surface water while balancing the competing needs of a growing population, industry, agriculture, and the environment in the province.”
“The Bulacan Bulk Water is just one of the many projects that SMC has in store under the Duterte administration,” Ang said in a statement to MWSS. “With our financial resources and technical capabilities, we promise to deliver several projects that support our fast economic growth.”
One of these projects include a new international airport to be constructed in Bulacan.
The BBWSP consists of three stages. Stage 1 covers six water districts consisting of San Jose del Monte, Marilao, Meycauayan, Bocaue, Obando and Balagtas while Stage 2 covers seven water districts consisting of Guiguinto, Calumpit, Bulakan, Plaridel, Sta. Maria, Paombong and Malolos.
The construction of Stage 3 which covers the remaining 11 municipalities of Baliuag, Plaridel, Pandi, Hagonoy, San Rafael, San Miguel, Norzagaray, Angat, Dona Remedios Trinidad, San Ildefonso, and Bustos, has not yet started.
The construction is set to start in the year 2022, or even earlier. (PNA)