TINIGAO, KALIBO, AKLAN (MKWD) – The Metro Kalibo Water District, in coordination with MANN+HUMMEL and Datem Water, held a public hearing at the Barangay Hall of Tinigao, Kalibo, Aklan, last October 7, 2014.
Moderated and endorsed by Tinigao Barangay Captain Rolando F. Reyes, Sr., and supported by the Barangay Council of Tinigao, the event sought to introduce and explain to the general public the upcoming bulk water supply project that will feature the construction of a filtration plant within the surrounding area.
The General Manager of the MKWD, Edgar T. Isada, CPA, explained that the project adheres to the vision of the MKWD to develop a stable source of water for the province aside from deep wells. The MKWD panel further assured the public that no extra charges will be passed on to the concessionaires because of the project.
On Datem Water’s part, they argued that the water treatment technology that will be utilized requires no chemical dosage. This supports the statement of Datem’s Morris S. Agoncillo, Vice President for Engineering, to ABS-CBNnews.com just three months ago: “We are introducing the water treatment technology. There is no chemical dosage. Very environment friendly and the expenses are very small to be affordable to the small municipalities… We are in talks with some municipalities.”
Likewise, German-based filtration expert MANN+HUMMEL guaranteed that the project will not abuse the environment and the immediate area. The plant—mobile, a response to the potential diversion of the water source, and soundproofed—will sport a back-up generator that will ensure its continued operation through long nights and power outage.
This wouldn’t be the first time the MKWD tapped the area, as the MKWD already has two facilities in Tinigao: the Manabayan Pumping Station and the Tinigao Pumping Station. With the proposed filtration plant expected to be the biggest and most advanced in the Visayas, this project may also contribute to the growth of tourism in Tinigao.
Aside from the residents of Tinigao, representatives from the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Public Works and Highways, and the Municipal Planning & Development Coordinating Office of Kalibo were present. Attendees discussed the implications of this development through an open forum held immediately after a presentation by MANN+HUMMEL and Datem Water.
MANN+HUMMEL and Datem Water, Datem Inc., is in a consortium with an impressive list of clientele that includes resorts and condominiums within and outside the country. For more information, visit their websites at mann-hummel.com and datem.com.ph, respectively.