John Paul Patrick Corpus, Citicore's Business Development Manager with Paz Radaza. (photo by Allan Defensor)

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LAPU-LAPU CITY, PHILIPPINES- Congresswoman Paz Radaza left a water desalination project as she ended officially yesterday, June 30 2019, her 9-year service to the Oponganon. “I’m leaving it to the Oponganon, is kaning water desalination…

This is the thing nga atung pamilin bilin sa mga Oponganon in my going to Congress, ibilin nako while being the Mayor,” Radaza said in a press briefing. The project will be undertaken by Citicore Summa Water Corporation, a consortium of Megawide Construction Corp. and Macro Asia of business tycoon Lucio Tan. John Paul Patrick Corpus, Citicore’s Business Development Manager said the project will be built in Brgy.

Punta Engano and Marigondon will use state of the art technologies that will turn seawater into potable water. According to Corpus, the project which could produce 92 million to 100 million liters of water per day will be their showcase on how a desalination plant would work in the country.

“This project will become a showcase. I think it will not be the biggest in the Philippines but it will showcase the advanced technology that we are going to use here in the City of Lapu-Lapu,” Corpus said. According to Radaza once operational, the water supply problem in the city will already be addressed as the city’s water supply demand is just 20 million to 30 million liters per day.

Radaza said that apart from solving the water supply, the city government will also have a share of the profit at P0.50 per cubic meter. Corpus revealed that the excess of their water production is intended to be sold to the Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD).

The construction of project could be finish in one year and once Mayor Junard Chan will give the green light, it will already start as its other permits and clearances are also being taken cared of according to Corpus. “If everyone will be helping each other for the betterment of the people here in Lapu-Lapu, this project will be delivered within a year’s time or less, Corpus said.

Earlier, the MCWD has announced that it already accepted the proposal of the Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC)-Aboitiz consortium for the construction of a desalination plant in Lapu-Lapu City. It was not immediately known however whether the MPIC-Aboitiz project is separate from that of the company of Corpus.

Summa Waters Corporation also has water supply contracts in Albay, Marilao, Bulacan and Balesin Island in Polillo, Quezon./AAJ

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