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Manila Water subsidized program expands in Laguna after pilot tests

Posted on May 26, 2016

MANILA Water Co., Inc. is planning to expand the coverage of its subsidized water connection in Laguna to include the cities and municipalities within the province after bringing the program to two barangays in Biñan.

In a statement, Metro Manila’s east zone water concessionaire said the move was in line with its aim of “making safe, clean and uninterrupted water supply available to more people.” This came after the water connection for 100 residents was completed in Barangay Dela Paz. The program was pilot-tested in Barangay Soro-Soro in Biñan to cover 150 beneficiaries.

The Tubig Para Sa Barangay program (TPSB), a partnership between Manila Water subsidiary Laguna AAA Water Corp. (Laguna Water) and Manila Water Foundation, seeks to provide safe, clean, and uninterrupted water to communities in the province.

“The additional beneficiaries of TPSB allowed them to connect to Laguna Water’s piped water supply network. More than the provision of 24/7 water service, the program aims to insulate its beneficiaries from hazards of contracting diseases from unreliable water sources,” the company said.

Laguna Water has a concession agreement with the province to provide water services to the cities of Biñan, Cabuyao and Sta. Rosa until 2034, but public-private partnership was expanded in June last year to include all the cities and municipalities of Laguna.

“Our organization have built strong partnerships with the LGUs and other stakeholders to ensure access to clean water through this unique Program. These partnerships are key in ensuring a sustainable and unbiased delivery of our service to the communities we operate in,” said Real C. Magtangob, regulatory and external affairs head of Laguna Water.

Laguna Water has spend P2.8 billion as of end-2015 to rehabilitate and develop the province’s water infrastructure. Its service coverage has grown to 67% from 14%, while significantly reducing non-revenue water in the area to 11% from 48% before it took over Laguna’s water system in 2009.

The company’s water concession in Laguna includes the provision of used water services and the building of an integrated sewage and septage system. It is currently drafting a water masterplan for the entire province, which touches the southern end of Laguna de Bay, the country’s largest lake. -- Victor V. Saulon