TUBIG PILIPINAS Group, Inc. has been awarded a P600-million joint venture project by the Nabua Water District to develop and handle the water supply and septage system of Nabua town in Camarines Sur province, the company said on Thursday.
Ryan Yapkianwee, president and chief executive officer of Tubig Pilipinas, said the project moves the company closer to its goal of providing more efficient and cost-effective water supply systems in the Philippines, including the underserved areas.
“We look forward to closing more long term contracts in the near future, that may include some areas in Mindanao and Northern Luzon,” he said in a statement.
The notice of award for the Nabua project was given on Jan. 30. It covers the overall design, construction, and management of the water supply and septage system of the town’s water district.
Tubig Pilipinas will be in charge of the water supply and septage systems of Nabua for 30 years until the year 2049. The contract is renewable for another 20 years.
As of mid-2017, Nabua’s water district supplies water to 39 barangays of the municipality. It draws 60,000 cubic meters from Santiago Old Pumping Station and 45,000 cubic meters from Baao Water District and Iriga City Water District.
Mr. Yapkianwee said the company is beginning to build its footprint in the Visayas, with several projects in the area.
“We have a bulk water project currently supplying Bacolod City and expanding to phase 2. Our operations in Cadiz City are set to supply 4,000 households which is home to 20,000 people, and another is the Calbayog City concession that we recently closed in December,” he said.
Tubig Pilipinas quoted Jayson Santiago Hernandez, chairperson of Nabua Water District joint venture selection committee, as saying: “We look forward to our partnership with Tubig Pilipinas. They have been serving sustainable waterworks systems all over the country and have proven to be capable of providing potable, safe and reliable water.”
It described Nabua as a first class municipality with three existing potable water supply systems: Nabua Water District, Duran Water System and Sagumay Water System.
Tubig Pilipinas, a unit of Pure Energy Holdings Corp., supplies, distributes, operates and manages water systems. It currently operates in cities and towns in Pangasinan, Isabela, Cavite and Negros. — Victor V. Saulon