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Proposal for processing, delivery of potable water in CdeO up for study

VICE Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy endorsed to the City Council committees on cooperatives and on public utilities chaired by Councilors Enrico Salcedo and Teodulfo E. Lao, respectively, for study, the non-inclusive proposal of the Metro Cagayan de Oro Water Service Cooperative Federation. The federation intends to develop sources, process and deliver potable water to majority of the residents of Bulua, Iponan and part of Patag.

In a letter to the vice mayor, Engr. Neil Bryan G. Oraiz, president of the federation, said the proposal will not require any investment from the city as MCWS shall provide the necessary capital and technical expertise to deliver the proposed service. It shall initially invest P120 million to install the processing plant at Iponan River, and the necessary pipes to enable a level three system where residents, businesses and offices will be able to tap.

According to Oraiz, MCWS will also obtain the necessary permits from the National Water Resources Board (NWRB), and the environmental compliance certificate from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

He said MCWS will develop, process and deliver potable water to the three barangays within ten months after the issuance of the Resolution of No Objection and all the necessary permits with the offices of the MCWS as payment counters. MCWS Coop will bill its customers at P20.00 per cubic meter, based on the proposal.

According to Oraiz, since the proposal is non-inclusive, the city government of Cagayan de Oro may entertain other proposals under a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with a private sector proponent or a similar non-inclusive one.

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