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Scarcity of potable water in Morong soon a thing of the past--BCDA

P500-M Water treatment facility to rise in BCDA ecozone

The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA)  said  the scarcity  of potable water in  Morong, Bataan will soon be a thing of the past with the entry of a new locator in the  Bataan Technology Park (BTP)  that will  establish a water  treatment facility worth almost half a billion pesos.

The BCDA and the Morong Power and Water Corporation (MPWC) on Thursday (27 August 2015) forged an agreement  for the latter to   lease a 4,500 square meter lot in the  BTP to establish a  water treatment facility and supply  potable water to the town of Morong, BTP, and the Subic Water Sewerage System.   

BCDA President and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova said the MPWC’s initial estimate for the water treatment facility project is P495 million to be completed in the second quarter of 2018.

“We welcome Morong Power and Water Corporation as the newest locator in BTP and look forward to the near future when potable water will be accessible by the public,” Casanova said.

To date, there is no water treatment facility that services Morong, Bataan. The source of water comes from deep wells. Others tap water from springs, rivers and from individual rain catchments.  There is also no storage facilities for water. Direct pumping is done for delivery to the respective areas.

Casanova said access to potable water has far reaching positive socioeconomic effects. He pointed out that access to drinking water can break the cycle of poverty  as he cited   the importance of water for social and political stability.  

“The availability of affordable potable water for everyone will not only provide safe drinking water but will serve as the catalyst to jump start micro, small and medium businesses and generate income for the people. Simple as it may be, it’s a game changer in all fronts be it social, economic and political, to improve the lives of the people,” Casanova said.

For the operation of the water utility with the Morong Special Economic Zone (MSEZ),  MPWC will pay the BCDA a fixed amount and variable rate of two percent of gross revenues realized from its operations.

The term of the lease is 50 years, renewable for another 25 years upon mutual agreement of BCDA and MPWC.

The BTP is referred to the main zone of the Morong Special Economic Zone (MSEZ). BTP is  an economic zone owned and operated by BCDA. The 365-hectare economic zone used to be the former Philippine Refugee and Processing Center.