modern P150-M central ground reservoir of the Mabalacat Water
District is inaugurated with LWUA Chairman Prospero A. Pichay,
Jr. (5th from left) and Mabalacat Mayor Marino P. Morales (2nd
from right) leading the ceremonies. Others in photo are (l-r)
MWD Board Member Fidel Tiglao, MWD Board Secretary Adelina Santos,
MWD Chairman Diosdado Pangilinan, LWUA Public Affairs Department
Acting Manager Edgardo Demayo, and MWD General Manager Francis
supply will not be a problem for the residents, industries and transients
of Mabalacat, Pampanga in the next twenty-five years at least.
was the assurance made recently by Mabalacat Water District (MWD)
Board Chairman Diosdado Pangilinan and General Manager Francis Dimaliwat
after the water district formally inaugurated its "project
of the century" -- the newly-completed P150-million central
pumping facility and ground reservoir at Bgy. Camachiles of said
booming Pampanga town.
Guests of honor during the inauguration of the project last September
21, 2010 were Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) Board
of Trustees Chairman Prospero A. Pichay, Jr. and Mabalacat Mayor
Marino "Boking" Morales who were both instrumental in
the realization of the project. LWUA provided the ten percent equity
while the Municipal Government gave its official endorsement of
the project as it had done in previous MWD undertakings.
central reservoir showing one of its gigantic steel tanks, the
biggest of its type constructed for a water district and puts
MWD as "the
envy of other water districts,"
according to LWUA Chairman Pichay. It is supported by state-of-the-art
pumping facilities that ensure 24/7 water service
said that with the completion and operation of the central reservoir,
the biggest of its type to be constructed for a water district,
"You ( Mabalacat Water District) will be the envy of other
water districts". The LWUA chairman also lauded the MWD leadership
for a job well done noting that the water district has continued
to find means to develop and expand its system to extend the benefits
of safe, affordable drinking water to as many people as possible
in line with the recent United Nations declaration of access to
potable water as a basic human right.
the other hand, Mayor Morales, a staunch supporter of the water
district, took a broader view of the latest MWD and biggest project
thus far. "This is a big boost to our quest for cityhood of
Mabalacat," Morales declared saying he is positive that the
municipality will soon be converted to a city after passing most
of the requirements like population, income and land area to include
the existence of basic social infrastructures and services as reliable
general manager Francis Dimaliwat shows off trophies and awards
received by the water district for its exceptional performance
project was funded by LWUA and the Allied Bank under a loan agreement
with the Local Government Unit Guarantee Corporation (LGUGC) wherein
LWUA provided the project equity, the MWD provided a counterpart
in form of the five hectare land where the project was constructed
and the Allied Bank provided the bulk of the funding requirement.
project included a central reservoir consisting of two 1,500 cubic
meter capacity steel-bolted modular tanks and a central pumping
facility consisting of four 175 horsepower booster pumps equipped
with variable frequency drives and soft stop controls that serve
as the focal collection point of pumped water coming from the 18
or so pumping wells in the Dau and Mabalacat proper areas.
Chairman Deng Pangilinan said the project was called as the water
district's "project of the century' since it is the biggest
the MWD had undertaken in the last 32 years of its existence which
will ensure the reliable supply of water for the municipality in
the next at least 25 years.
Board Chairman Diosdado Pangilinan describes the recent undertaking
as MWD's "Project of the Century"
MWD central ground reservoir will address the growing needs for
clean and potable drinking water in the next 25 years and extend
the water services to the waterless barangays of Mabalacat and the
surrounding areas. MWD Chair Pangilinan said: "Ito po ang
katuparan ng pangako namin sa ating mga kababayan na mabigyan sila
ng magandang serbisyo at malinis na tubig sa bawa't tahanan"
(This is the realization of our vow to our townmates to give them
excellent water service and clean water for every household).
also said that despite the major facility improvement, the MWD water
rates of P147 minimum for the first ten cubic meters would be maintained.
" We will not increase our present water rates because the
funds that we used for the project is payable within several years,
said that the materials used in the project were imported from US-based
supplier, Tank Connection, that include two steel-bolted tanks erected
in the site with a total holding capacity of 3,000 cubic meters
per day. It is equipped with four (4) 175 horsepower booster pumps
coupled with variable frequency drives and soft stop control.
He said these pumps will operate in sequence depending on the demand
and pressure requirement at any given time through Programmable
Logic Control (PLC) and in case of power supply interruption, the
system is backed up by a 625 KVA to operate the booster pumps.
project was designed by TCGI and constructed by R D Policarpio.
MWD's recently-constructed warehouse is a significant inventory
of materials that ensures efficient maintenance operation
project came at the heels of two other major projects undertaken
by the MWD in the last two years, the P13-million central warehouse
completed in 2008 that housed the water district's materials, tools
and equipment for its operations and projects, and the rehabilitation
of the Madpdap Pumping Station (PS No.8) at the Madpdap Resettlement
Area with a production capacity of 2,000 cubic meters per day that
was commissioned just last August 6, 2010 and seen to boost the
MWD water supply and pressure in the area.
to MWD general manager, Atty. Dimaliwat, the central pumping and
reservoir project is the culmination of the efforts started two
years ago when the project was launched with appropriate groundbreaking
ceremony at the project site during the celebration of MWD's 30th
foundation day on April 29, 2008. Mayor Morales and officials from
LWUA were also present during the project launching.
events followed including the signing of the funding agreement among
the LGUGC, Allied bank and LWUA on August 8, 2008 at the Hotel Vida,
Clarkfield Zone, Pampanga and the ensuing procedural bidding and
awarding activities and the mobilization as well as the construction
of the project itself that implemented with full expediency to meet
the target completion date.
is a transformed town, and MWD's "Project of the Century"
compliments the local government's quest for cityhood
From its very inception, I have been very vocal about this mega
project because it will address the then water supply and pressure
problems that were already being experienced in the service area",
"From now on, water consumers need not worry about water shortage
during the peak hours (between 6Am to 3 PM) as the central reservoir
was designed to initially augment water needs of the consumers during
those peak times of water usage", Dimaliwat assured.
more than that, the MWD system is now able and ready to meet even
future demands, Dimaliwat concluded.
MWD project of the century clearly exemplifies the foresight and
the forward-looking approach to development of the water district
since the present board and management assume stewardship in 2001.
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