THE DAVAO Oriental provincial government has signed a P296.5-million bulk water supply project with Mactan Rock Industries, Inc., which will address demand for the capital Mati City.

Mactan Rock Industries, a Cebu-based water management firm, was the sole bidder for the project, the provincial government said in a press statement.

The project “poised to address the lack of water supply in the City of Mati is set to start within the next few days,” it said.

The bulk water system will use both surface and groundwater and will be set up along the Mayo River.

It will supply 11 of the city’s 26 villages, namely: Mayo, Don Salvador Lopez, Don Enrique Lopez, Don Martin Marundan, Dahican, Bobon, Tamisan, Lawigan, Matiao, Central and Sainz.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang said he initiated the project “a few years back” to address water supply problems in the growing city.

“The big-ticket water project is also a significant boost to investments in the province as it will attract even more tourism-related investments in the city,” he said.

The provincial government said the project is designed to be sustainable, ensuring a balance between providing sufficient water supply to Mati City and protecting natural resources. — MSJ