ALBAY-BASED Verzontal Infrastructure Corp. (VIC) has partnered with Canadian firm Filtrum Construction for water supply and wastewater treatment projects in rural areas. “As we continue our business venture to the water and wastewater industry, we recognize the opportunity to expand and improve our services by leveraging on international partners and sharing insights that could potentially change the wastewater system in the country,” VIC Chairman Dennis G. Macandog said in a statement. Aside from construction and engineering, VIC also has subsidiaries involved in real estate development, construction supply, and renewable energy in different parts of the country. The company told BusinessWorld the partnership with Filtrum, signed October last year, is “still in the planning stage, which includes the identification of high potential sites/provinces for sewage treatment plants as well the projects and areas on where best to launch the full operation of the joint venture.” Filtrum, headquartered in Quebec, is a water and wastewater specialist. “The direction of the joint venture is to have projects in the countryside, nationwide,” VIC said.