The P1.5 billion water project that will supply water specifically to Panglao and Dauis towns gains headway as its water treatment plant will be inaugurated on Wednesday morning in barangay Patrocinio, Cortes town.
Secretary Ernesto Pernia of the National Economic and Development Authority(NEDA) arrived as guest of honor during the inauguration of the P150-million water treatment plant.
The massive water project which will source its supply from excess water flowing from Malingin River located in Barangay Patrocinio, Cortes will provide potable water to more than 90,000 residents.
The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) granted water permit no. 024274 on October 26, 2017 signed by NWRB Executive DirectorDr. Sevillo D. David, Jr. on the strength of Board Resolution No. 001-0806.
The water permit granted Richard B. Lim, Jr. to use water from Malingin River not exceeding 300.00 liters per second by diverting the water by means of intake structure with the diversion point located at Patrocinio, Cortes.
Richli, a Boholano owned corporation, who has been instrumental in bringing the project to full realization is now set to sign a contract with the municipality of Cortes represented by Mayor Iven Lim and Patrocinio Barangay Captain Catalina Chatto for the use of its water resources.
Ralph Miguel B. Lim, President of Richli Corporation and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Eskaya Beach Resort Corporation told the Chronicle “the signing of this contract with the local government units is a major landmark in providing the much needed financial and technological solutions to address the water challenges in the province.”
The more than 5000 high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes will be laid underground covering 32 kilometers of main transmission lines starting in Barangay Patrocinio, Cortes ending at Barangay Bolod, Panglao. Distribution lines will stretch to 300 kilometers.
The 32-kilometer water pipe will traverse the barangays of Patrocinio, Cortes then weaves to 5 barangays in Corella straight to San Isidro in Tagbilaran City making its way to Barangay Libertad in Baclayon then cross to Poblacion Dauis passing five barangays and enters Panglao via Libaong and Bolod. (Chito M. Visarra)